Six Saudis detained in Pensacola naval base terror; 3 videotaped the attack. Fla. lawmakers move swiftly.

(U.S. Military/Video screenshots from ABC News & Matt Gaetz)

New emerging details about the mass shooting Friday morning at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida that left four people dead, including the Saudi perpetrator, suggest that the attack may have been motivated by Islamic terrorism.

And according to House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz, the evidence regarding this clear-cut “act of terrorism,” as he put it, is strong enough to warrant ensuring that the government continues to employ the most stringent “extreme vetting” methods necessary to ensure the safety of the American people.


“This event demonstrates a serious failure in the vetting process and in the way in which we invite these people to our community,” he said in a video statement posted to social media.

“So today, as we learn more, as the investigation continues to unfold as to the motives and engagements of this particular murderer, I’m going to be very active in working with the Department of Defense and the Department of State to ensure that we have extreme vetting for the people who come into our country to train on our bases and in our communities.”

His tweets concerned what happened early Friday morning, when Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was reportedly at the base for training, opened fire, killing three people and injuring eight others before being killed by local sheriff’s deputies.

According to the Associated Press, the attack is being investigated by U.S. officials “for possible links to terrorism” — and for good reason, it would appear.

Late Friday news broke that six other Saudi nationals had been “detained” near the naval air station, and that three of them had been filming the attack.

“Six other Saudi nationals were detained for questioning near the scene of the shooting, including three who were seen filming the entire incident, according to a person briefed on the initial stages of the investigation,” The New York Times confirmed.

It’s not clear whether they were also participating in training. Nor is it clear why some of them were filming the attack. One emerging theory is that they’d been recording footage for a pro-terrorism propaganda video.

According to Rita Katz, the director of SITE Intelligence Group, an NGO that tracks terrorism, tweets and retweets allegedly posted by Alshamrani prior to the mass shooting Friday also suggest a “terrorist motive.”


And according to an unconfirmed report from the Russian news website RT, Alshamrani also left a manifesto in which he ranted about America’s “war of attrition” against Muslims.

“I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because of your freedoms. I hate you because every day you [support] funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity,” the manifesto reportedly reads.

The manifesto also reportedly warns that the American people won’t be “safe” until U.S. military forces withdraw from “our lands,” regardless of how much money Washington commits to defense spending.

As more information about the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting and its perpetrator emerge, more and more top political figures are coming out of the woodwork to echo Gaetz’s demands for change and investigations:


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