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Killer showed mass shooting videos at dinner party

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Saudi national accused in last week’s deadly shooting rampage in a Naval Air Station classroomhere hosted a dinner party days before the carnage at which he and three guests viewed videos of mass shootings, authorities say.

The Associated Press, the first media outlet to report on the gathering, said one of the three students who attended the dinner party later recorded video outside the building while the shooting was taking place. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, AP said, citing a U.S. official it did not name. 

The New York Times, citing a person briefed on the investigation, said the student who recorded the video later told investigators he just happened to be in the area when the shooting took place. 

The attack left three service members dead and eight others injured. The FBI identified the shooter late Saturday night as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force and student naval flight officer at the Naval Aviation Schools Command. Alshamrani, armed with a 9-millimeter handgun and several extra magazines, was fatally shot by Escambia sheriff’s deputies.