FBI: NAS Corpus Christi shooting believed to be “terrorism related”


A gunman’s attack on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday morning is being treated as an act of terrorism, FBI officials said Thursday afternoon.

While the agency is declining to identify the gunmen, who was killed after Navy police responded to reports of an active shooter on the base at 6:15 a.m., FBI agent Leah Greves said there may be “a potential second related person of interest at large in the community.”

“We would encourage the public to remain calm,” she said. “If you see something, say something.”

Calling the investigation “fluid and evolving,” Greves declined to offer additional information regarding what happened.

One sailor was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a bullet, but a defense official said their protective vest stopped the round.

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The sailor was later released from the hospital, according to a Navy statement.

The shooting is the third such incident on a Navy base in the past six months.

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A Saudi flight student at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, shot and killed three sailors on the base in December.

Authorities announced this week that the gunman had reportedly communicated with al-Qaida operatives in planning the attack.

Kieschnick said that while Corpus Christi does take international students, they have not accepted any Saudi students since the Pensacola shootings.

Also in December, a sailor opened fire at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, killing two Defense Department workers and wounding a third before taking his own life.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

This is a developing story. Stay with Navy Times for updates

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