WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday that the naval base shooting in Corpus Christi, which led to two casualties and the death of the gunman, is related to a terrorist attack.
- The FBI and federal investigators did not provide any information regarding the incident and how they tagged it as a “terrorism-related” crime.
- There was another shooting attack at Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, wherein a Saudi Air Force officer murdered three sailors and wounded eight other people months ago.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Thursday that the Texas naval base shooting, which left the gunman dead and two wounded, is linked to a terrorist attack.
The incident happened about 6:15am on Thursday at the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.
US officials told The Associated Press that the shooter speeded up his vehicle en route the bases’ gate, and opened fire at the security personnel. A female sailor got hit but was able to switch on the barrier, hindering the vehicle from entering inside. The sailor was treated at a hospital and was able to recover.
The suspect went out of the vehicle and got killed in gunfire exchange with the security forces.
According to FBI Special Agent Leah Greeves, their agency is looking at the investigation as “terrorism-related.” Authorities were finding out whether another person of interest could be on the loose within the community.
“We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is terrorism related… We are working diligently with our state, local and federal partners on this investigation, which is fluid and evolving,” Greeves said during a Thursday’s news conference.
Greeves said the officials were still working on the case. She neither elaborated on the possible motive nor provided information on how the officials tagged the incident as “terrorism-related.” Federal investigators likewise did not give any further information about the incident.
The field office of FBI in Houston has taken accountability of the case. Both the agency and the naval office did not provide any information on the shooting.
The facility was on lockdown for about five hours on Thursday morning. The station’s main gate was reopened but the gate where the commotion happened remained closed.
Last December, the naval station also went to a lockdown. And in another incident last year, a man was charged guilty of destructing the US government property and possession of a stolen firearm after plunging his truck into the station’s barricade.
Months ago, there was also a shooting incident at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, wherein a Saudi Air Force officer who was in training murdered three American sailors and wounded eight other people which authorities also described as a terrorist attack.