The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said Friday that the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, called him to express his condolences for the attack on a military base in Pensacola committed by a Saudi citizen.
"King Salman of Saudi Arabia has just called me to express his sincere condolences and offer his condolences to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida," the president wrote in A first message posted on your Twitter account.
"The king said that the Saudi people are very angry at the wild actions of the shooter, and that this person does not represent in any way the feelings of the Saudis, who love Americans," he added in a second message.RELATED
Earlier, a man identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi Air Force and who was training at the Naval Air Station in the city of Pensacola, Florida, opened fire and killed three soldiers and wounded seven more. Afterwards, he was shot down.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was the one who reported that the attacker came from Saudi Arabia, the same nationality of 15 of the 19 men who were involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001, some of whom they had studied in Florida.
"I think there will obviously be many questions about the fact that this individual was a foreigner and was part of the Saudi air force, and that he was training on our ground," DeSantis said at a press conference.
“Obviously, the Saudi Arabian government needs to relieve these victims. And I think they will have a debt here since (the attacker) is one of their individuals, ”he added.
Commander Timothy Kinsella said the attacker was an aviation student, one of the "two hundred" international students of the military base.
The shooting began around 06:30 local (12:30 GMT) at the military base of the beach town of Pensacola, with some 53,000 inhabitants, said Escambia County Commissioner David Morgan. One of his officers killed the attacker, who was carrying a short weapon.
"Walking through the crime scene was like being on the stage of a movie," the commissioner described. "You don't expect this to happen at home … but it happened."
"It's a tragic day for the city of Pensacola," said Mayor Grover Robinson.
At this time, the authorities are investigating the motive of the attack.