FBI Still Looking for Saudi Officer's Motive for Pensacola Shooting

U.S. Naval Academy graduate Joshua Kaleb Watson saved many lives after he was shot five times during the mass shooting Friday at Pensacola Air Station in Florida

On Friday, a Saudi air force lieutenant killed three people and wounded eight at a navy base in Pensacola, Florida.

The gunman - who was training at the Pensacola site - killed three sailors on Friday.

All worldwide students at the Pensacola base have been accounted for, there have been no arrests, and the community is under no immediate threat, special agent Rachel L. Rojas said at a news conference.

At least one Saudi national also filmed the shooting, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said. Investigators believe the gunman visited NY, including Rockefeller Centre, days before the shooting.

Foreign students from "partner nations" have trained at the base to learn naval aviation for years, Commanding Officer of NAS Pensacola Capt. Tim Kinsella told reporters.

Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and President Trump said the Saudi king called him after the attack to "express his honest condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed". But DeSantis said Sunday the shooting could have been prevented if there was 'better vetting'. "For us to be bringing in these foreign nationals, you have to take precautions".

"To have this individual be able to take out three of our sailors, to me that's unacceptable", the governor added.

According to the local sources, the gun used for the shooting was a 9mm Glock pistol and the attacker had acquired a hunting license for the same which allowed him to legally purchase the gun in the USA despite being from another country.

Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who oversees U.S. base security as chief of U.S. Northern Command, has directed domestic bases and units to "immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures for their facilities", Northcom said in a tweet early Sunday morning.

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He was a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian air force and a student naval flight officer, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson.

The official who spoke on Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. There were no arrests among the other foreigners at the base, including another Saudi who was videotaping the shooting.

"Appropriate personnel action was taken regarding the incident in question, corrective action was taken, the matter was closed back in April, and we have no further comment", Busey said. There is no evidence of other threats to the community, she added. "I think that's why it's important to allow the investigations to proceed to understand exactly what he was doing and why".

"Look, for me it seems to be a terrorist attack", he said. They are among more than 5,000 foreign students from 153 countries in the United States who are undergoing military training.

But he also criticised President Donald Trump for not being more aggressive with the kingdom.

"I was trained in a USA military base and we used that valuable training to fight side by side with our American allies against terrorism and other threats", Prince Khalid added on Twitter. "We'll start that right away". "I was given every assurance from the ambassador that that would occur", he said. Saudi officials told The Journal that Alshamrani was not suspected of being involved in criminal or extremist activity before the attack.

"We are unable to confirm this type of information due to the active and ongoing investigation", Amanda Warford Videll, a spokeswoman for the bureau's Jacksonville office, said in a statement.

Balsamo reported from Washington.

Pictured above: Gov. Ron DeSantis meets with officials in Pensacola Sunday.

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