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FBI investigates Mohammed Alshamrani tweets

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Barely two hours before a Saudi aviation student went on a deadly shooting spree at Naval Air Station Pensacola, tweets purportedly written by the suspect railed against the United States for its support of Israel and for stationing troops at bases in Saudi Arabia. 

The FBI identified the shooter late Saturday night as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer at the Naval Aviation Schools Command. 

The FBI said it is working to confirm that tweets came from the Saudi military trainee.

The tweets were posted at 4:39 a.m. CT Friday with a profile photo resembling an overhead shot of NAS Pensacola. Around 6:30 a.m., the gunman fatally wounded three people at the Florida base before he was shot and killed by a local deputy sheriff.

The tweets are addressed to “O American people” and outline what the author said is a hatred of the United States for crimes against Muslims, including the detention of suspects in Guantanamo Bay. 

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