The Saudi military student suspected of committing the mass shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station that left multiple dead had written a manifesto prior to carrying out the act of terror.
Mohammed al-Shamrani called the United States a “nation of evil” in an online manifesto he published hours before the shooting. According to AFP, the shooter had posted to twitter the following:
“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,” he wrote.
The Twitter account that posted the manifesto — which also condemned US support for Israel and included a quote from Al-Qaeda’s deceased leader, the Saudi Osama bin Laden — has been suspended.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis identified the shooting suspect as a Saudi Arabian national who was on the base for military flight training. In the 9/11 attacks 15 of the of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and some had learned how to fly at civilian flight training centers in Florida.
The governor praised the “bravery and grit” of first responders.
“I can tell you lives were saved because of the response of people both in uniform, with the Navy, and in uniform with the Escambia County, and so on one of the darkest days at the base in history, you still saw some of that bravery and grit come out …”
At least six other Saudi nationals have been detained since the attack, three of whom allegedly filmed the shooting, Fox News reported.
The attack was carried out with a Glock 9mm pistol that was purchased in Pensacola. The shooter reportedly had six magazines of ammunition and could have killed or injured more people had he not been stopped.