Investigators have been trying to determine what motivated a gunman who opened fire in a classroom building on Friday at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. He used a handgun and was killed after two deputies exchanged gunfire with him. The shooter was identified by the FBI as Mohammed Alshamrani -- a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian air force. He was a student naval flight officer, according to an FBI spokesperson. The shooter does not appear to have ties to terrorist groups, two sources told CNN. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told CNN's Erin Burnett that the FBI had secured the areas on base where the shooter was staying and they had recovered his laptop and cell phone. A senior administration official told CNN that investigators found some concerning statements and online materials but noted that it was still early in the investigation. Before Friday's attack, Alshamrani watched mass shooting videos at a dinner party, The New York Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly. Alshamrani and a small group of Saudi nationals had just traveled to New York City over the Thanksgiving holiday, a law enforcement source told CNN. They visited several museums and the Rockefeller Center, where the Christmas tree lighting was taking place. Authorities don't know why they traveled to the city... (Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ... ------------ “The shooter does not appear to have ties to terrorist groups” Yes, he obviously had ties to the world’s largest terrorist group - Islam. For someone who was determined to kill Americans and watched videos about mass shootings, this guy didn’t do a very good job. There are more Saudis detained than fatalities; God bless the men who helped stop this rampage, and comfort their families. Those 3 men are great examples of what our young, heroic men that volunteer for service are all about, In my book they all deserve the Medsl of Honor!