Adam Alsahli Wiki – Biography
Adam Alsahli, a Syrian-born man with a prolific social media presence focused on the Islamic religion, was named by multiple national news outlets as the gunman accused in the terrorism-related shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
The now-deceased shooter’s social media accounts contain voluminous Islamic religious posts, according to a review of his multiple pages by Heavy. The translation of his Twitter profile statement, which is in Arabic, reads, “I love the Mujahideen, I am not one of them, and my sword is on the necks of those who stab them.”
A post shared on his Facebook page from 2017 read, “Where are the Muslims?! Where is the Islamic world of what is intended for Jerusalem?! Where is the Islamic nation extended in the mashreb and Moroccan?! Why not the nation?! Why not say no?! Our nation can’t silence on this injustice!!”
Alsahli was named by NBC News and CNN but not authorities. The shooter was stopped at the gates by a quick-thinking sailor performing security duties; she was shot in the chest, but her life was saved by her bulletproof vest, CNN reported. He careened into a barrier, exited the vehicle shooting, and was shot and killed by security forces at the NAS, according to the cable news network.
“We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi is terrorism-related,” said FBI Senior Supervisory Special Agent Leah Greeves in a press conference on May 21, 2020.
“We are working diligently with our state, local and federal partners on this investigation, which is fluid and evolving,” said Greeves. She did not provide additional details about what led authorities to think the shooting was terrorism-related.
The attack came just days after authorities revealed that a 2019 attack at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida by a Saudi Air Force Officer was terrorism-related. The delay in revealing that motive came because authorities couldn’t initially access the suspect’s cell phone; they eventually say they discovered he had communicated with al-Qaida.
NEW: As NBC News first reported earlier tonight the suspect in the apparent terror attack in Corpus Christi is Adam Alsahli, age 20.
Story here: https://t.co/t7NwtIDsZH
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) May 22, 2020
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The shooting came just days after federal officials said a mass shooting at another Naval Air Station last year was linked to Al-Qaeda.
Mohammed Alshamrani was a Saudi Air Force officer who committed that December 2019 mass shooting, killing three people and wounding eight more at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, a military base sometimes called the “Cradle of Naval Aviation.” On May 20, the FBI director confirmed that the U.S. government had found a link between Alshamrani and al-Qaida.
“The new evidence shows that al-Shamrani had radicalized not after training here in the U.S. but at least as far back as 2015, and that he had been connecting and associating with a number of dangerous AQAP (al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) operatives ever since,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a virtual press conference.
Alsahli had accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, minimally. He also belonged to a WhatsApp Group, according to his Instagram page. On Facebook, he wrote that he was from Damascus, Syria. The page is filled with Islamic religious posts and is in Arabic. His Twitter page is also filled with religious sayings. Under “works at” on Facebook, he wrote in Arabic, according to the Google translation: “Whoever was the last of his words, there is no god but God, entered Paradise.”
In 2017, he shared a post that read, “The recitation of Sheikh Mohamed Allḥydạn.” That same year, a post read, “Aya, one of the best applications to read the holy Quran.” One post he shared gave 10 reasons “Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was the greatest!”
His Instagram page is also filled with religious posts about Islam. The translation of the profile comment reads, “And if the Qur’an is read, listen to it and listen to it, so you will have mercy. Praise be to God, who took me from the darkness of the Brotherhood to the light of monotheism.”
Rita Katz, of Site Intelligence Group, which tracks terrorist activity online, wrote on Twitter, “Killed #CorpusChristi shooter’s soc media supports killed AQAP official Ibrahim al-Rabaysh, Taliban & pro-AQ: ‘I love the Mujahidin, I’m not one of them and my sword is aimed over the necks of whoever doubts them (stabs them).’ No signs of #ISIS support.”
1) BREAKING (thread): Killed #CorpusChristi shooter's soc media supports killed AQAP official Ibrahim al-Rabaysh, Taliban & pro-AQ: “I love the Mujahidin, I’m not one of them and my sword is aimed over the necks of whoever doubts them (stabs them).” No signs of #ISIS support. pic.twitter.com/otpv7BK4kR
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) May 21, 2020