Pensacola Naval Air Station and Jersey City Reel From Terror Attacks

Two terror attacks in the last two weeks occurred in the United States. First, a Saudi Arabian national killed three people on December 6, 2019 at the naval air stating in Pensacola, Florida after unleashing a hail of bullets through the door of a training classroom. The shooter was identified as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Saudi Air Force.  Alshamrani was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command. Alshamrani also wounded several other people, including two sheriff’s deputies, before deputies killed him. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Alshamrani also reportedly held a dinner party earlier in the week where he watched videos of mass shootings. Reported by Fox News.Read more…

Alshamrani also allegedly wrote anti-American and anti-Israel tweets before his rampage. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

He also reportedly wrote “the countdown has started” and supported jihad. Reported by ABC News. Read more…

U.S President Donald Trump says that the leaders of Saudi Arabia are devastated by the attach and that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will be involved in “taking care of families and loved ones.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

One of those killed was Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, who aspired to be a navy pilot. Watson reportedly relayed crucial information about the identity of the shooter before succumbing to his injuries. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Tulsi Gabbard, a House Democrat from Hawaii and Democratic presidential candidate, blasted the Trump administration for downplaying the attack. “This was a terrorist attack that took the lives of three American service members and injured eight others,” Gabbard said in a televised interview, “We need to call it for what it is instead of what President Trump has done with his own remarks, with Secretary Pompeo basically putting out messages as though they are the spokespersons for the Saudi kingdom rather than standing up for our country’s national security and what’s in the best interest of our country.” Gabbard also said that “Saudi Arabia is not our ally. As president, I will state that very clearly and they will continue to not be our ally as long as they are both directly and indirectly supporting terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and others.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

(Ed. note: the U.S. Navy suffered another shooting event in the last two weeks. A Navy sailor killed two civilians before killing himself. He was reportedly undergoing nonjudicial punishment for minor misconduct and had been in counseling. The attack does not appear to be terror related, but Fox News reports can be read here and here for those interested).

The terror second attack occurred on December 10, 2019 in Jersey City and targeted a Jewish market. Six people, including a New Jersey police officer, were killed in an hours long gun battle and standoff. The others killed included the two shooters and three civilians. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Officials say at least one of the suspects had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online before the gun battle. The next day, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop confirmed that after watching surveillance video investigators believe the attack was plotted against a Jewish deli. “At the time of the incident yesterday, it was difficult to understand intent and there’s still a lot of questions around that, but after reviewing the CCTV cameras on the Jersey City side, we do feel comfortable that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli across the street here,” Fulop said. Describing the footage, Fulop said, “We can see the van moving through Jersey City streets slowly, the perpetrator stopped in front of there, calmly opened the door with two long rifles, him and the other perpetrator, and began firing from the street into the facility.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Two days later, Fulop said he believes about 40 children at a yeshiva attached to the deli was the shooters’ real target. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

According to Breaking News Israel, officials initially denied the shooting targeted a Jewish location. Reported by Breaking News Israel. Read more…

Officials later in the week confirmed, however, that the shooting was being investigated as a domestic terror act. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that the attacks were “fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.” Reported by i24 News.Read more…

Jersey City police have arrested a 35-year old man in connection with the attack on charges of possessing illegal weapons. Reported by i24 News.Read more…