Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is confirming it is operating on the assumption that the deadly attack at the Pensacola, Florida, naval base by a Saudi flight student was an act of terrorism.

A U.S. official says the gunman had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim. Investigators are working to establish whether the killer, identified as 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone.

Alshamrani fatally shot three people in a classroom building Friday before he was killed by a sheriff’s deputy. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called Sunday for heightened security vetting of foreign nationals headed for training on U.S. bases.

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