FBI investigates naval base shooting as 'act of terror'

The suspected shooter who gunned down three U.S. sailors was a member of the Saudi Air Force training on the base in Pensacola, Florida.
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The latest on the investigation into that deadly attack on a naval base in Florida. The FBI investigating it as an act of terrorism. The suspected shooter who gunned down three U.S. Sailors was a member of the Saudi air force who was training on the base. Stephanie Ramos is in Pensacola with the latest. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Amy, good morning. The naval air station here in Pensacola is back home to everyone this morning. You can make out the traffic on the bridge headed toward the front gate of the base but many military installations like this one are still on high alert after Friday's deadly attack. This morning, the deadly rampage at a naval air station in Florida being investigated as a terrorist act. Authorities trying to determine if the gunman, Mohammed alshamrani, a Saudi national had help in planning the attack. It's who else was -- would have had knowledge, who else was involved. But then also what vetting takes place. Reporter: Alshamrani on Friday killing three U.S. Navy sailors and wounding eight others including two law enforcement officers. The shooter a member of the Saudi air force part of a program in Pensacola for international military personnel. A common practice. Foreign nationals routinely train with the U.S. Military when foreign governments purchase American military aircraft and now "The New York Times" is reporting the suspect filed a formal complaint earlier this year against one of his instructors allegedly infuriated by being called a derogatory nickname that mocked his facial hair. Our main goal right now is to confirm whether he acted alone or was he a part of a larger network. Reporter: Sources tell ABC news they're investigating classmates claims that alshamrani watched video of mass shootings in front of friends at his home just days before the carnage. They believe it served as a way of psyching himself up. Overnight the bodies of the fallen service members transferred at Dover air force base. 19-year-old Mohammed haitham whose father called an exceptional kid. 21-year-old Cameron Walters, a Navy aviation student, his family calling him a genuine soul and 23-year-old Joshua Watson an aspiring fighter pilot who after being shot made it outside and told first responders where the shooter was. We are broken. Our joy has been stolen. Reporter: Watson's family speaking with us overnight. When we started hearing the stories and all about how he had engaged the person, I knew he died doing what he wanted to do. Serving his country. Reporter: That family showing incredible strength. Law enforcement officials say they are continuing to follow any leads that may help them understand why the gunman opened fire. Authorities say they're looking into his social media account, phone record, interviewing anyone who may have known him and looking into ties he may have had with outside terror groups. Thanks. More questions about this Saudi training program as well. To Washington now and the

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