FBI officials investigating the deadly shooting Friday at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., have detained 10 Saudi Arabian nationals and are looking for additional Saudi suspects, reports said on Sunday.
The search and investigation continues after a member of the Saudi military opened fire ahead of the weekend, killing three people and wounding several others.
Sources told The Associated Press that three students attended a dinner party to watch mass shooting videos with the attacker, and that one of those students recorded a video of the attacker committing the attack as it happened.
“Two other Saudi students watched from a car,” the AP reported. “Ten Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday while several others were unaccounted for, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities.”
In response to the attack, President Donald Trump wrote: “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida.
“The King said that the 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,” he added.
….The King said that the 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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
CNN noted that the gravity of the situation compelled the king to quickly call President Trump rather than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“Compared to Saudi Arabia’s often glacial standards, the 83-year-old monarch moved with remarkable speed to call Trump,” CNN reported.
“The king quickly instructed his own security services to cooperate fully with US investigators into the shooting in which three people were killed at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.”
The FBI requested more information from the public about the alleged attacker, tweeting: “The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani. Anyone with information regarding his activites is encouraged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. FBI Jacksonville is not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time.”