US navy base gunman ‘played mass shooting videos at dinner’

A Saudi student who gunned down three sailors at a Florida navy base had hosted a dinner earlier in the week to watch videos of mass shootings, a US official has said.

Mohammed Alshamrani also appeared to have posted criticism of US wars and quoted 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the attack.

The 21-year-old airman, who was training at the Pensacola base, opened fire inside a classroom on Friday, killing three people and leaving at least eight others injured.

Three people were killed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station during a mass shooting
Image:At least eight others were also injured in the shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station

He was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy minutes after the shooting.

The young officer was reported to have played videos of mass shootings at a dinner party just days before the deadly rampage, a navy official said.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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