The more information that comes out about the Pensacola shooting, the more troubling it is.
The AP is now reporting that the night before the attack, the shooter who has been identified by sources as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani hosted a dinner party where he was watching videos of mass shootings. Three other Saudi students were reportedly also in attendance at the party.
The Pensacola base shooter was Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi military who was training in aviation.
All of the gunfire took place in one classroom where 12 were injured, including two sheriff's deputies who were first responders, one of whom killed the shooter. pic.twitter.com/6e9ojxI3qX
— Graphenes (@Graphenes1) December 6, 2019
Those same three students were then seen watching the attack the next day, with one student videotaping outside the building and two others watching in a car, according to a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity.
Ten Saudi students in the program are being held on the base, according to the official, but others are unaccounted for. It’s not clear how many may be missing.
Needless to say that’s more than a little troubling. It’s another sign this is terrorism and may have involved more than one person. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) didn’t hold back and called it terrorism.
Where are the missing Saudis, who are they and what’s being done to secure them?
How did these folks get into the program and what’s being done to vet these people? The program reportedly has been going on since the 1970s and continued, despite 9/11 and the involvement of Saudi pilots in the attack. According to officials there are a couple of hundred foreign students in the program. What’s going to be done to stop this from happening again?
As we reported earlier, Alshamrani had made anti-American statements on social media, so one has to wonder why that wasn’t picked up.
More people might have been killed but for the brave actions of Joshua Kaleb Watson, a 23 year old graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. According to his brother, he was able to identify where the shooter was to first responders, despite already being shot several times, before he died.
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. “Those details were invaluable,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Watson’s father, Benjamin Watson, was quoted by the Pensacola News Journal as saying that his son was a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who dreamed of becoming a Navy pilot. He said he had reported to Pensacola two weeks ago to begin flight training. “He died serving his country,” Benjamin Watson sa
The first of yesterday’s shooting victims has been id’d by family as 23yo Joshua Kaleb Watson: “Heavily wounded, he made his way out to flag down first responders and gave an accurate description of the shooter…He died serving his country.” https://t.co/qXm64fOEcw
— Annie Blanks (@AnniePNJ) December 7, 2019