Shooting at Texas navy base ‘terrorism-related’, FBI says

Gunman killed and sailor wounded in early-morning attack
Suspect shot dead by security during exchange of gunfire

A shooting at a Texas military base that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead is being investigated as terrorism-related, the FBI said on Thursday.

The shooting began around 6.15am at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

The shooter tried to speed through a gate at the base in a vehicle, but security personnel put up a barrier in time to stop the shooting, US officials said.

The man then got out of the car and opened fire, striking and wounding a navy sailor who is a member of the security force at the base.

During the exchange of gunfire, the shooter was killed by security personnel, the officials said.

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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details about an ongoing investigation.

The FBI is investigating the shooting as “terrorism-related”, FBI special agent Leah Greeves said at a news conference Thursday afternoon, and investigators were working to determine whether a second person of interest was at large in the community.

We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is terrorism-related,” Greeves said. “We are working diligently with our state, local and federal partners on this investigation, which is fluid and evolving.

Greeves did not elaborate on a potential motive or specify what led investigators to believe the shooting is related to terrorism.

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