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Six Saudis are arrested over Pensacola naval base shooting including three who FILMED the attack by countryman who killed three and wounded eight before being shot dead - as FBI probes terror link
- Shooting took place on base early Friday morning, sparking a lockdown
- Sources identified the suspected gunman as Saudi Air Force aviation student Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani
- As of Friday evening, six Saudi nationals have been detained for questioning
- It's reported that three of them filmed the shooting as it happened
- Rep Matt Gaetz, a Republican representing Pensacola, called the shooting 'an act of terrorism'
- President Trump tweeted that King Salman told him 'the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter...'
- Three other people were shot and killed during incident inside classroom building on base
The Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three and injured eight when he opened fire at a naval base in Florida assailed the United States as 'a nation of evil' before he went on his shooting rampage, AFP reports.
The man, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station in Pensacola early Friday morning. Police quickly responded to the scene and he was shot dead.
US officials say Alshamrani was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base. The Pentagon say his training with the US military began in August 2016, and was due to finish in August 2020.
The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, said late Friday that they had tracked a Twitter account purportedly belonging to Alshamrani which featured a disturbing manifesto written prior to the shooting.
'I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil,' the tweet read.
'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.
ABC News reported that investigators were working to determine if it was in fact written by the shooter.
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.
Florida news outlets, citing sources, on Friday afternoon identified the suspected gunman as Saudi second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani and released this photo that purports to show the alleged shooter (pictured by NBC 6 South Florida)