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Six other Saudi nationals were detained for questioning near the scene of the shooting, including three who were seen filming the entire incident, according to a person briefed on the initial stages of the investigation.
It was not known whether the six Saudis detained were students in the classroom building, and there was no immediate indication that those filming the incident were connected to the gunman, the person said.
Authorities have not said whether they are considering the Pensacola shooting an act of terrorism; the AP reported that authorities are looking into whether that’s the case, though. ABC7 reported that authorities are trying to verify an “online screed” which rants about American mistreatment of Muslims and may have been penned by the shooter. It expresses “hatred toward Americans” and dismay at U.S. support for Israel, according to the television station. AFP reported that the online comment (which was in the form of a tweet, called the U.S a nation of evil.)
Hours before the deadly shooting at the Navy base in Pensacola, Fla. on Friday, a virulent anti-American message was posted to a Twitter account under the gunman’s name.
“I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil,” reads the screed, which was removed after the shooting but was still archived.