Saudi officer ripped US support of Israel in tweet before naval base shooting: report

Saudi officer ripped US support of Israel in tweet before naval base shooting: report
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The Saudi air force pilot who authorities say shot and killed three people at a Pensacola, Fla., naval base on Friday reportedly criticized U.S. support of Israel and accused the U.S. of being prejudiced against Muslims before the attack.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the posts were made on Twitter under a name similar to the gunman's, adding that federal investigators are probing whether 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani authored the posts himself or merely quoted them.

Investigators also said that Alshamrani hosted a dinner party before the shooting during which he and others watched videos of mass shootings in the U.S. and possibly elsewhere.

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“There are a number of Saudi students who are close to the shooter and continue to cooperate in this investigation,” said the FBI official heading up its Jacksonville, Fla., office, Rachel Rojas, according to the AP. “The Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation.”

“We are, as we do in most active-shooter investigations, work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism,” she continued.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with 0 drug coupon plan On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Florida to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, bars MORE (R) called the ability of Alshamrani to bring a weapon purchased outside the base onto the premises and use it in the attack was "unacceptable."

“You have to take precautions” to protect the base and sailors therein, DeSantis said at a press conference Sunday.

“To have this individual be able to take out three of our sailors, to me that’s unacceptable,” he added.