The FBI is presuming the fatal shooting of three at a Pensacola, Florida, naval base on Friday was terrorism, but has yet to declare an official motive.

In a news conference Sunday afternoon, Rachel L. Rojas, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Jacksonville, said federal, state and local authorities are investigating the attack by the suspect, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was in a training program at Naval Air Station Pensacola. A sheriff’s deputy killed him during the attack Friday morning. The main goal of the investigation is to find out whether Alshamrani acted alone or whether he was part of a “larger network,” but authorities stressed Sunday that the community is safe and they do not suspect any other immediate or direct threats.

In addition to the three killed, eight people were injured in the attack, including two local sheriff’s deputies who exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

FBI Presumes Pensacola Base Shooting Was Act of Terrorism


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