PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — The shooter who opened fire at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Friday morning had reportedly condemned the United States as a “nation of evil" on an online post.
Several news outlets, including ABC, The New York Times, and Daily Mail, are reporting a “manifesto,” “will,” or “screed” found online criticizing United States support for Israel and expressing hatred for the U.S.:
According to ABC, the post reads:
I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil... I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.
Four people, including the shooter, have died in the tragic incident. Eight people, including two deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and a NAS Pensacola officer, were injured.
Authorities say the attack ended with a sheriff’s deputy killing the shooter.
Several news outlets have reported the shooter as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who is an aviation student.
ABC is reporting that six other Saudi nationals were detained for questioning, including three that were seen filming the shooting near the scene, according to The New York Times.
On Saturday, the FBI says they will be holding a press conference at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. A Press conference with the FBI was planned for Saturday evening, but has since been cancelled.
According to the Associated Press, A U.S official says the Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a Florida naval base had hosted a dinner party the night before to watch videos of mass shootings. The Associated Press issued a correction, stating that the party happened sometime earlier in the week but it's unclear if it happened the night before.
The official was briefed by federal investigators, AP writes.
AP adds the official authorities tell him one Saudi student was recording outside the building while the shooting took place.
He says 10 Saudi students are being held at the base and that several others are still unaccounted for.
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted Saturday that he had spoken with Saudi Ambassador Reema Al-Saud and received her condolences. He also said that Friday's mass shooting was "a planned terrorist attack & the shooter wasn't alone."