Law Enforcement: Florida Air Base Shooter Had Prior Contact with Al Qaeda

NBC News

Law enforcement sources indicated that Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Base gunman Mohammed Alshamrani had contact with Al Qaeda prior to opening fire on innocents on December 6, 2019.

Alshamrani used a handgun to carry out his attack, killing three innocents and causing numerous others to be transported to the hospital for injuries, Breitbart News reported.

Law enforcement sources affirm that Alshamrani had contact with Al Qaeda before he carried out the attack, Fox News reported.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released “an audio recording” in February 2020 in which the group claimed to have directed Alshamrani to carry out the attack, NBC News reported.

FBI agents discovered two phones belonging to Alshamrani after his attack. He had placed one “on the floor and shot at in an attempt to destroy any data it held.” Authorities are now seeking access to one of the phones tied to Alshamrani, and that requires persuading Apple to unlock it so it can be used for information.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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