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.

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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