AG William Barr: NAS Pensacola shooter motivated by jihadist ideology

NAS Pensacola Shooting

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said the shooter at NAS Pensacola was “motivated by jihadist ideology.”

Barr also said there was no evidence of assistance or preknowledge of the attack, and Mohammed Alshamrani had no affiliation or involvement with any terrorist activity or group.

As a result of the investigation, 21 Saudi military students are being removed from the U.S. training program and returning home. Some of those students were found to be in possession of child pornography.

Alshamrani had two Apple iPhones, and the FBI sought court authorization to search those phones. Barr said the FBI asked Apple for help unlocking the phones, but Apple has not given any assistance.

“Both phones were engineered to make it virtually impossible to unlock without the password,” Barr said.

Barr called on Apple and other tech companies to come up with a solution to this problem to “protect citizens.”

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said the shooting lasted for 15 minutes. During the shooting, Alshamrani fired shots at photos of President Trump and former presidents. The shooter placed one of his phones on the ground and shot it. The shooter was shot and killed by an Escambia County sheriff’s deputy.


Attorney General William P. Barr and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich will hold a press conference at the Department of Justice on Monday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. announcing the findings of the criminal investigation into the Dec. 6, 2019, shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida which killed three U.S. Service members and wounded eight other Americans.

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