More has been revealed since our last published update about the Pensacola Terrorist attack. We’ve learned about some heroism of the victims and the premeditation of the jihadist.
As for the killer, we’ve learned the following:
Saudi military student Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani, 21, killed three people and injured 12 when he opened fire at Navy Station Pensacola on Friday
Another Saudi student allegedly videotaped the attack, while two others watched from a nearby car
The FBI have detained 10 Saudi students for questioning, but are still searching for ‘several’ others who have not been seen since the attack
Air Force bases have been ordered to increase their security as of Saturday evening
Al-Shamrani and three fellow Saudi students traveled to NYC just days before the attack, and investigators are now hunting anyone they may have met with
Officials have not yet deemed the shooting as ‘terrorism’, but FBI terrorism investigators are on the scene in Pensacola
Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, Mohammed Haitham, 19, and Cameron Scott Walters, 21, have been named as the three victims of the attack
…Investigators have now detained 10 Saudi military students from the base – a number revised up from six – but several others remain unaccounted for.
Authorities have not revealed the number of Saudi students they are still looking for, and they have not stated whether they are a risk to the public.
The New York Times reports that al-Shamrani and three fellow Saudi students traveled from Pensacola to New York last week, where they visited several museums and are thought to have watched the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The tree lighting, attended by thousands of people, took place on Wednesday evening – just 36 hours before the shootings occurred.
According to one source, investigators are probing the motive for the group’s trip to the city. They also want to know who the men met with while they were there.
Meanwhile, sources with knowledge of the investigation say that three Saudi serviceman joined al-Shamrani for a dinner party on Thursday night to watch videos of mass shootings.
That’s what the good guys were trying to stop.
Here’s some more about their story:
Sailors killed in the Pensacola shooting are credited with running toward danger instead of away from it. Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were the three sailors killed in the shooting, according to the Navy.
“The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty and showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil. When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.” NAS commander Timothy Kinsella
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…His mission was to confront evil. To bring the fight to them, wherever it took him. He was willing to risk his life for his country. We never thought he would die in Florida.” Benjamin Watson, father of Kaleb Watson to the Pensacola News Journal
Kaleb was in the classroom where he was “officer of the deck” when the Saudi gunman opened fire. In spite of being shot five times, he managed to get outside and notify first responders, giving details of the shooter. His exacting details helped officials get to the shooter quickly and take him down.
The other two men killed that day, Mohammed Haitham and Cameron Walters, are credited as running TOWARD their killer, to challenge and stop him.
Let’s all take a moment to remember the courage of these three men.