Pensacola Naval Station gunman identified as Saudi national

AP is reporting that the suspect killed in Friday's deadly shooting that took four total lives was a Saudi aviation student, according to a U.S. official. Trump told reporters that King Salman's message was unambiguous - horrified and angry - as Trump quickly tweeted "Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people".

The main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola, Fla.

"Base security and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are now investigating", the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

Alshamrani was vetted upon entry to the U.S. and checked again after the shooting with nothing of prior concern found, a law enforcement source told CNN. "They're looking into, obviously, all motives as they would in any investigation like this". He will be fully aware of how frayed Saudi Arabia's reputation has become with the USA public and politicians. Three people were killed and eight more wounded or injured, including two sheriff's deputies, before the shooter was killed by a deputy, officials said.

Local officials and the Navy would not immediately describe the Pensacola shootings as a terrorist act, but Florida Sen. The official also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was examining social media posts and investigating whether he acted alone or was connected to any broader group.

President Donald Trump declined to say whether the shooting was terrorism-related.

The Saudi government offered condolences to the victims and their families and said it would provide "full support" to US authorities.

Capt. Timothy Kinsella, the base commander, said personal weapons are not allowed on the base.

All of the shooting took place in one classroom and the shooter used a handgun, authorities said.

Adam Watson said his little brother was able to make it outside the classroom building to tell authorities where the shooter was after being shot "multiple" times.

Pensacola's mayor also offered his condolences and said the city is ready to help all those affected by the tragic incident. "Those details were invaluable", he wrote on his Facebook page.

Joshua was shot at least five times, according to his father Benjamin, who spoke with USA Today recently. "He died serving his country", he said.

On Wednesday, a sailor identified as 22-year-old Gabriel Romero allegedly shot to death two civilian workers at the shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam before taking his own life.

Since World War II, Pensacola has served as a flight training base for service members from allies and partner nations.

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