Rep. Matt Gaetz has confirmed that the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, carried out by Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was an “act of terrorism.”
According to authorities, the gunman killed three people and injured eleven others after opening fire this morning.
Alshamrani was training at the base as an aviation student. It is yet to be confirmed whether he was a member of the Saudi military.
According to Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, the shooting is clearly an act of terrorism.
This was not a murder. This was an act of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/AJfTQOOE68
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 6, 2019
“If this were a murder, it would typically be investigated by NCIS…but this was not a murder,” Gaetz told ABC News.
“This was an act of terrorism and as we speak the investigation is being handed over from the NCIS to the FBI – that is the signal that this will now be treated by our government as an act of terrorism, not murder,” he added.
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