Incident Summary:

12/06/2019: A member of the Saudi Air Force, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire on a classroom in the Naval Air Base in Pensacola, Florida, United States. Four people, including the assailant, were killed and eight others were injured in the attack. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the incident. Alshamrani posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at 280 Taylor Road in the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Navy
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm Glock 45 pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 8
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Saudi pilot called US 'nation of evil' before shooting spree at Florida airbase, reports say; Victim 'died a hero' after giving vital information to first responders despite his wounds," The Independent, December 7, 2019.
"Six Saudis detained in connection to Pensacola shooting after being caught filming the attack," Washington Examiner, December 7, 2019.
"Florida shooting: Gunman who killed three at Pensacola naval base 'was Saudi student', official says,", December 6, 2019.