Place of Birth: Syria;
Adam Alsahli is 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.
Alsahli drove to an entrance at the naval station and shot a security forces member in the chest, hitting the guard in her bulletproof vest and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries, according to one of the sources.
Then he accelerated towards the gate entrance and crashed into a barrier. After exiting the vehicle, he began shooting, and was shot and killed by naval security forces.
Following the suspect’s death, law enforcement bomb technicians cleared his body and vehicle, but found no explosive devices, one of the sources said.
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, as they eventually say they discovered he had communicated with al-Qaeda terrorists.
Social media posts:
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.”
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.”
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!!”
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 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.”
A 2014 State Department notice on al-Rabaysh says he posed “a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.” The New York Times wrote, “Ibrahim Sulayman Muhammad Arbaysh was a citizen of Saudi Arabia. He was transferred to Saudi Arabia on Dec. 13, 2006. He died on April 13, 2015.”
Katz added that Alsahli shared ideology with the earlier attacker at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida: “The attacker, Adam Alsahli seems to have strong connection to Syria (possibly lived in Damascus). Also demonstrates similar ideology as Pensacola shooter Shamrani (not to mention selecting same target type), though there is no direct evidence that the two events are related.”
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