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Adam Alsahli, a Syrian-born Muslim who supports radical Islamic terrorism, has been identified as the suspect in a shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas. Authorities say a second suspect may be “at large in the community.”
Alsahli, 20, was shot dead after storming a gate at the naval air base on Thursday at 6:15 a.m. local time. He shot a female Navy police officer in the chest during the rampage, but the officer was not seriously hurt because she wore a bulletproof vest.
Authorities say Alsahli rammed his vehicle into a barrier, then ran out of the car while shooting at officers. He was shot dead by security forces at the Naval Air Station.
At a press conference Thursday, Leah Greeves — a senior supervisory special agent at the FBI — called the incident an act of terrorism but would not provide further details.
“We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi is terrorism-related,” Greeves said. “We are working diligently with our state, local and federal partners on this investigation, which is fluid and evolving.”
She added: “We may have a potential second related person of interest at large in the community. But we would encourage the public to remain calm.”