We do not know the identity of the unnamed Sailor at this time, but we will update as soon as we receive additional reports. Alsahli, the shooter attempted to drive through the main gate, and when he rendered paperwork to gain access to the facility, he pulled a pistol from his lap and shot the Sailor.
The Sailor took a bullet to the center of the chest and was knocked down and quickly rolled over to hit the emergency button triggering roadblocks that stopped the shooter’s attempt to breach the checkpoint. The Sailor then drew a service pistol and fatally shot Alsahli, while he was attempting to retrieve a rifle from his disabled vehicle to carry out the attack further.
On Thursday, NAS-CC went on lock-down due to reports of a shooting on base. At approximately 0615 on May 21st, 2020, a Terrorist who was attending Del Mar College attempted to gain access to the military base. Adam Salem Alsahli (A Syrian born U.S citizen) tried to make it past a vigilant Navy Security Forces Officer.
Naval officials informed USNI News that the wounded Sailor received only minor injuries and was released from the hospital after receiving medical treatment.
CNN reported that Adam Salem Alsahli had been writing multiple social media posts on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sources, which is considered a merged organization between Islamists militants in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of FBI Houston, in an official statement, cited that the attempted attack was “terrorism-related.” The FBI also said that there could be a second person that might have aided Alsahli in the shooting.
Alsahli was connected to Jihadist groups in the Middle East and may have acted and done some real damage to the base that trains our military pilots. The FBI credits the Naval Security Forces officer who stopped the attempted mass murder.
Training Air Wing Four of the United States Navy resides at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and occupies Truax Field and nearby airfields. The base is a schoolhouse for pilot trainees from the Marine Corps, Navy, and foreign military. NAS Corpus Christi is also home to Corpus Christi Army Depot, which provides maintenance for rotary-wing-aircraft.
NAS Corpus Christi has an excellent record of fatally shooting armed intruders. On February 15, 2019, Daniel E. King, drove through the South Gate checkpoint at the naval air station and crashed his stolen vehicle into a barrier before being shot dead. An autopsy that presided over King by the Corpus Christ Medical Examiner’s Officer cited that King’s death was brought upon by multiple gunshot wounds.