WASHINGTON – The families of three servicemen killed and 13 others injured in a 2019 Pensacola Naval Air Base shooting have sued Saudi Arabia, alleging that the Gulf Kingdom should have known that the gunman, a member of the Saudi Air Force, was a threat.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Pensacola, Florida, asks the court to find Saudi Arabia responsible and seeks damages for the attack.
Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant identified as the shooter, was stationed at Pensacola Base as part of a training program. He was killed in the attack.
The three Navy men killed were Cameron Walters, 21, Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, and Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23.
“Al-Shamrani was a Trojan horse sent by his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” says the trial. The lawsuit also accuses the Saudi government of failing to keep its promise to compensate the victims.