New information has been coming out over the last 48 hours about Mohammed Alshamrani, the man responsible for the shootings at the Pensacola Navy Base. Here’s what’s happened since we last told you about this horrifying event.
One question a lot of people were asking is how did Alshamrani, a foreign national, get the gun he used to murder three sailors?
According to FBI Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas, foreign nationals are able to legally purchase guns in the US in certain situations. In a statement she said that he purchased the gun legally, adding, “The ATF has the process listed on its website. There is readily available public information for you to get that on how you can purchase a gun lawfully not just him but any foreign national.”
This came as a surprise to Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, who said, “I was not aware of that. I’d always thought that foreign nationals, except for certain law enforcement, just were not allowed to purchase firearms.” DeSantis added, “You know, I’m a big supporter of the Second Amendment but the Second Amendment applies so that we the American people can keep and bear arms. It does not apply to Saudi Arabians.”
How is it legal for a foreign national to purchase a gun? They have to have a hunting license, which is exactly what Alshamrani received so that he could buy the 9mm handgun used in the shooting.
Friends and acquaintances have reported that the Saudi Air Force trainee visited his native country in February, and when he returned, it was like he was a different person.
The reserved and quiet Alshamrani came back withdrawn and appeared sullen and angry most of the time. He also showed much more interest in religion. There have also been reports that Alshamrani also started watching mass-shooting videos.
On a Twitter account believed to belong to Alshamrani, which FBI officials have been investigating, he posted a letter which said “American People. I don’t hate you because of your freedoms. What I see from America is the supporting of Israel, which is an invasion of Muslim countries. I see invasion of many countries by its troops. I see Guantanamo Bay. I see cruise missiles, cluster bombs, and UAV.” He also added that he hates policies that he saw as “evil” and anti-Muslim.
The city of Pensacola has also been dealing with a cyberattack that started later in the day on Friday, Dec. 6th. It has impacted city phones, emails, the 311 helpline and some online services from Pensacola Sanitation Services and Pensacola Energy. Emergency services have not been impacted.
The cyberattack has been reported to Homeland Security and the FBI who are investigating if it has any connection to the Navy Base shooting.
We will continue to keep you updated on this story as more details emerge.
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