Alleged shooter in Corpus Christie Navy air station attack likely sympathized with terror groups

The 20 year old alleged gunman was U.S. resident, born in Syria and likely sympathized with Salafi-jihadist ideology

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May 22, 2020 - 9:08am

The FBI says the Thursday morning attack at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, in Texas, was "terrorism related."

The attack occurred at about 6:15 a.m. when a gunman opened fire on the base, wounding at least one security force member.

The shooter was fatally shot at the scene and the wounded security forces member is in good condition.

Law enforcement sources have identified the alleged gunman as 20-year old Adam Alsahli, of Corpus Christi, and say a potential second suspect could be involved in the attack.

Alsahli reportedly drove to the north entrance of the naval station, shot a security forces member, and proceeded to crash into a barrier. According to an initial investigative sweep by law enforcement, Alsahlia appears to have been a U.S. resident, born in Syria, and likely a supporter of Salafi-jihadist ideology.

Law enforcement officials have identified several social media accounts associated with the shooter that express support for the ISIS and Al Qaeda terror groups. 

The attack came four days after the FBI and Justice Department announced that the Saudi military trainee who killed three U.S. sailors and wounded several others in a terror attack last year on a Pensacola, Florida, Navy air station in December 2019 was a longtime al Qaeda associate.