1. Walking shot of Charles "Cully" Stimson down hallway (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles "Cully" Stimson, The Heritage Foundation:
"I think it's important to step back and remember that workplace violence, unfortunately, is rather common. In 2017, there were 450 murders in civilian workplaces and in 2016, almost 400 itself. And in the military, we're not immune to what happens in society. And if you look back, you know, almost a decade ago now, the Fort Hood shooting where a dozen people were murdered and then numerous, almost every year since then, we've had isolated but very sad incidents of workplace violence on military bases. And so we'll see what the investigations show with respect to especially the Pensacola shooting and what the motivation was of the Saudi national. But it's a tragedy wherever it happens."
Pensacola, FL - 6 December 2019
3. Zoom entrance Naval Air Station Pensacola (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
Washington - 6 December 2019
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles "Cully" Stimson, The Heritage Foundation:
"There's a very natural tendency to jump to the conclusion that because the shooter was a Saudi national, that this is an act of terrorism. And I think we should resist the impulse to jump to that conclusion and wait for facts to be developed by the FBI and the military and follow the facts wherever they lead. If it was a disgruntled, evil individual who was mad because he wasn't going to get his pilot wings or he wasn't getting the qualification ratings that he wanted or he had a beef with somebody or there was a girlfriend involved who slighted him and he did these horrible acts because of that, well, then that's that. If there is some connection to terrorism, well, then that's that. But let's not assume that because he was a Saudi national in their air force and he murdered our people, that he is a terrorist. He's a murderer. We know that. But that's all we know right now."
The government of Saudi Arabia has condemned a fatal shooting by a Saudi aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.
U.S. officials are investigating Friday's attack for possible links to terrorism.
The student opened fire in a classroom, killing three people before a sheriff's deputy fatally shot him.
A national security expert is warning against jumping to conclusions about his motives.
The Heritage Foundation's Charles "Cully" Stimson says just because the shooter was a Saudi national does not mean the attack was an act of terrorism.
"If there is some connection to terrorism, well, then that's that," said Stimson. "But let's not assume that because he was a Saudi national in their air force and he murdered our people, that he is a terrorist."
Stimson said it was also possible that the shooter was "a disgruntled evil individual who was mad because he wasn't going to get his pilot wings, or he wasn't getting the qualification ratings that he wanted, or he had a beef with somebody, or there was a girlfriend involved who slighted him."
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