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FBI, police raid home of suspected Texas Navy base shooter

Heavily armed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and members of the Corpus Christi Police Department SWAT Team conducted a raid late on Thursday (May 21) evening at a house believed to be where, according to local media reports, the suspect of a shooting at a U.S. Navy base in Texas lived.

The attack, that wounded a sailor on Thursday was “terrorism-related,” an FBI spokeswoman said, adding that the gunman was dead at the scene but investigators were searching for a potential second suspect.

The shooter, who was not identified by law enforcement, opened fire at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi around 6:15 a.m. CDT (1115 GMT), the Navy Office of Information said in a written statement.

The FBI said the gunman had been slain at the scene of the shooting, which was still being processed by authorities. A lockdown of the base had been lifted.

In a separate statement, the U.S. Department of Justice said it was working with the FBI along with state and local agencies in the investigation and would analyse “electronic media found at the scene.”

The Justice Department did not elaborate on the nature of that electronic media.

The sailor who was wounded in the attack, a member of the base security force, was in good condition and had been released from a hospital, the Navy said.

Late last year, a Saudi gunman killed three U.S. sailors in an attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, just days after a U.S. sailor shot three civilians at the historic Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii, killing two of them before taking his own life. 

(Production: Njuwa Maina)

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