AG Barr: Shooting at Pensacola Navy Base was ‘Act of Terrorism’


The December shooting carried out by a Saudi aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola that killed three American service members was an “act of terrorism,” Attorney General William Barr said Monday.

“This was an act of terrorism,” Barr told reporters following a month long investigation from the Justice Department. “The evidence shows the shooter was motivated by jihadist ideology.”

Mohammad Saeed Alshmarani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force shot and killed three U.S. navy sailors — Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21 — and wounded at least eight others at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. Alshamrani was shot and killed by responding deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.