Corpus Christi, Texas – The suspect who was shot dead as he carried out Thursday’s ‘terrorism-related’ attack on a Texas naval air base has been identified by the FBI as a 20-year-old Syrian-born college student at Del Mar College.
According to investigators, Adam Salim Alsahli opened fire at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in an attack that wounded one sailor, a member of the base security force, but no one other than the assailant was killed.
A group that monitors online activity of jihadists has since claimed that Alsahli voiced support for hardline Islamic clerics on social media prior to the thwarted attack.
Alsahli lived in Corpus Christi and had been a business major at a local community college. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said Alsahli was a native of Syria who held US citizenship.
The gunman tried to speed through a security gate at the base at 6.15am, opening fire and wounding the sailor. But she was able to roll over and hit a switch that raised a barrier, preventing Alsahli from getting onto the base, the officials said.
Other security personnel then opened fire on the attacker, killing him.
Alsahli had been a student at Del Mar College, a community college in Corpus Christi, according to a statement on Friday from school spokeswoman Melinda Eddleman. He had been a business administration major and had attended classes in the fall 2018, spring 2019 and fall 2019 semesters.
A search of court records in Corpus Christi showed Alsahli had received a traffic ticket in August for failing to yield. The ticket was dismissed in January after Alsahli took a driver’s safety course.
FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Greeves said at a news conference Thursday that investigators were working to determine whether a second person of interest was at large but did not elaborate.
The FBI raided a south side home of the terrorist whose attack was successfully thwarted yesterday at NAS CC. The home belongs to an entity out of Stafford, Texas. The same entity owns another home in the same 78413 zip code, as well as 9 other homes in 78412. This is public information available on the Nueces County Appraisal District website:
ALSAHLI SALIM H
11929 W Airport Blvd, Ste 100, Stafford, TX 77477-2454
4622 GREENSBORO DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78413
this is the home raided by the FBI yesterday in connection with the attempted terrorist attack at NAS CC
*It is shown as a homestead on the tax roles
ALSAHLI SALIM $175,762
645 ROBERT DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $93,593
6257 ERSKINE DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $133,244
4618 COODY LANE CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78413
ALSAHLI SALIM H $165,643
6045 HUGO DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $112,364
5810 GLEN ARBOR DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $97,634 1709 BRAZOS DR CCTX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $122,222
901 RONALD DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $78,503
1209 BERNICE DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $103,996
1014 CLARE DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $95,784
717 PENNINGTON DR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78412
ALSAHLI SALIM H $99,432