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Texas Naval base shooter believed to have expressed support for terrorist groups online

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The deceased suspect in Thursday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas was a 20-year-old male named Adam Alsahli of Corpus Christi, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the ongoing investigation.

Alsahli drove to an entrance at the naval station and shot a security forces member in the chest, hitting the guard in her bulletproof vest and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries, according to one of the sources.

Alsahli then accelerated towards the gate entrance and crashed into a barrier. After exiting the vehicle, he began shooting, and was shot and killed by naval security forces.

Following the suspect’s death, law enforcement bomb technicians cleared his body and vehicle, but found no explosive devices, one of the sources said.

A preliminary law enforcement investigation into the shooter has identified him as a US resident who was originally born in Syria, and likely a supporter of Salafi-jihadist ideology, according to one of the sources.

On Thursday evening, the FBI said it is “not ruling out any possible motives” in the shooting.

In a statement posted to Twitter the Houston office of the FBI said, “We are not ruling out any possible motives and continue to investigate all leads. When we are able to release additional information, we will do so.”

Officials have identified various social media accounts, which initial reports indicate are likely associated with the shooter, the source said. Online postings by these accounts expressed support for ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the source said.

For now, federal investigators have not observed any claims of responsibility for the attack on online platforms used by terrorist groups, one of the sources said.

Although investigators have not currently discovered any information indicating Alsahli was inspired by, or connected to, the December 2019 terrorist attack on Naval Air Station Pensacola, one of the sources said this remains a key line of inquiry for investigators, especially due to the recent announcement by the Justice Department that the Pensacola shooter had terrorist ties.

FBI officials said earlier the shooting was terror-related.

Authorities previously said a shooter had been “neutralized,” but there may be a second person of interest still at large, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Greeves said during a short press briefing. The agent did not provide additional information.

FBI is leading the investigation

The base was put on lockdown after security forces responded to reports of an active shooter around 6:15 a.m. CT, according to the Navy.

The FBI is the lead investigative agency, according to a tweet from the bureau’s Houston field office.

“All gates on the installation remain closed while first responders process the scene,” the Navy said in its statement. “NCIS is en route, and state and local law enforcement are on scene.”

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has been home to Naval pilot training since 1941, according to its website.

Thursday’s shooting took place just days after the FBI and the Justice Department announced it had found a link between al Qaeda and a Saudi military trainee who killed three US sailors and wounded several others in a terror attack last year on Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The shooter in that attack, who was killed by law enforcement, had communicated with al Qaeda operatives as recently as the night prior to the shooting, officials said.

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  1. There’s going to be a race to see what race/religion/political bend this turd belongs to, so people can post “Ah ha! See? They’re the bad guys! Not us!” when in reality it doesn’t matter. They’re just evil SOBs with no regard for life. I can list too many perpetrators from the far left and far right that do these horrible terrorist acts.

    1. Nah! It wasn’t a mass shooting where people actually died so the leftist mainstream media won’t even have it up one day. CNN doesn’t count. BTW – You left out Islamic terrorists. Does San Bernardino and the Orlando Pulse shootings ring a bell? Not to mention many of the nut job shootings weren’t far left or far right. Just deranged murderers.

    2. Disgruntled Sailor or veteran gone postal after covid19 layoff at post office.i.e Republikklans Trumptard Conservie-turd neutralized would-be shooter

    1. You are not thinking like a good libturd. More gun control……. that doesn’t work. We don’t need your prayers. Ban AR15s. Ban AK47s. Gun grab them all. Get rid of the Second Amendment. Now doesn’t that sound stupid.

    1. Of course you won’t get this leftist media but so far the shooter is described as an Arab male. There could be ties to the Pensacola NAS shooting.

  2. Back in 1980, I was assigned to Fighter Wing Security at Oceana NAS for 6 months. Had a few incidents, but I never had to fire my weapon, thank goodness.

  3. HA,HA. Dana Nessel, the Michigan State Attorney General made dumb ass Trump wear a mask at the Auto Plant. That woman has more balls than your fake president!!

    1. Fake news. Watching too much CNN and MSNBC? Reported by SFGate: “All of the Ford executives giving Trump the tour were wearings masks, the president standing alone without one. At one point, he did take a White House-branded mask from his pocket and claim to reporters he had worn it elsewhere on the tour, out of public view. “I did not want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said. BTW – Your rant is an epic fail. ROFL.

  4. Did he wear it. Yes. Is it because he had to. Yes. You ain’t no Ted Cruz
    making an argument before The Supreme Court. He didn’t think someone would take a picture. Well, well.

    1. Orange man bad if he doesn’t wear a mask. Orange man bad if he wears a mask. What a moron! Now the feckless Michigan Attorney General wants to sue Ford because he did not wear a face mask in public at the plant. He only wore a face mask in private while viewing some old Ford GTs. What counts is my argument prevailed against yours. You lost, I won. Your ignorance is overwhelming. The sad part is Trump has nothing to do with your miserable life but he is constantly in your head rent free 24/7. TDS. You need to get a life.

  5. These are the occurrences that meld the Republicans and Democrats in my world into one cohesive American body. Thank goodness the lady at the gate was not seriously injured.

      1. Really? Says who? Tell that to all the Mexicans and Central Americans that were deported since Trump became POTUS. Even more were deported under Obama.

        1. You are completely right. Obama screwed up there too, and when he co-signed the cave in to the insurance industry during the formation of Obamacare.

    1. Orange man bad. Only in the eyes of a rabid delusional libtard with chronic TDS. Too bad there are no anti-TDS meds to cure it. BTW – You are starting to sound like a broken record.

  6. First the Chinese, then the Irish, then the Italians, then the Czechs, and other Eastern Europeans. Don’t forget the Vietnamese after we ruined their country and the Japanese during WW2 who we wrongfully robbed and dislocated. Now its the hispanics fleeing the same things the others were. Then if that weren’t enough why don’t we attempt genocide on the American Indian? Or kidnap and enslave some black folks? All these attempts by our countrymen have led to disaster. Lets just be Americans and nothing else for a change and help everyone who wants it to become part of our country? Stop mistreating others and it will benefit us all.

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