FBI in­ves­ti­gates at­tack on base in Corpus Christi as ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent

The Washington Post - - NEWS - BY DEVLIN BAR­RETT devlin.bar­rett@wash­post.com Dan Lamothe con­trib­uted to this re­port.

An ap­par­ent at­tack at the gate of a mil­i­tary base in Corpus Christi, Tex., on Thurs­day is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent, of­fi­cials said, warn­ing that while the gun­man was dead at the scene, a sec­ond per­son may be tied to the vi­o­lence.

Of­fi­cials say shots were fired shortly af­ter 6 a.m. at the north gate of Naval Air Sta­tion Corpus Christi. One sailor, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, was in­jured but is ex­pected to sur­vive, of­fi­cials said.

The gun­man, who was not im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied, was dead at the scene.

FBI agent Leah Greeves called the in­ci­dent “ter­ror­ism-re­lated,” adding “we may have a po­ten­tial sec­ond re­lated per­son of in­ter­est at large in the com­mu­nity, but we would en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­main calm, and if you see some­thing, say some­thing.”

Greeves said in­ves­ti­ga­tors from mul­ti­ple agen­cies are “work­ing like crazy” to un­der­stand ex­actly what hap­pened, and said the ef­fort and co­op­er­a­tion among in­ves­ti­ga­tors was “awe­some to see.”

She said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still “fluid” and de­clined to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion while the FBI con­tin­ued to gather ev­i­dence. Navy of­fi­cials re­ferred ad­di­tional ques­tions about the in­ci­dent to the FBI.

The shoot­ing comes less than a week af­ter of­fi­cials in Wash­ing­ton an­nounced that an at­tack at a naval air sta­tion in Pen­sacola, Fla., last year had been car­ried out by a Saudi Royal Air Force trainee who had been in con­tact with sus­pected mem­bers of al- Qaeda. That at­tack left three ser­vice mem­bers dead and eight oth­ers in­jured, and the gun­man was killed by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

The Pen­sacola at­tack led to an over­haul of how the U.S. mil­i­tary screens for­eign of­fi­cers who come to the United States for train­ing. An FBI ex­am­i­na­tion of the Pen­sacola gun­man’s phones found he had been in con­tact with sus­pected ter­ror­ists since 2015, be­fore he en­tered the United States.

Like Pen­sacola, the base in Corpus Christi in­cludes train­ing pro­grams for for­eign mil­i­tary stu­dents.

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