A national security analyst says the recent terrorist attack in Texas serves as a reminder: Terrorism still exists and terrorists want to harm us.
Last week, the FBI announced the May 21 shooting that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is being investigated as "terrorism-related."
Authorities say at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday the gunman tried to speed through a security gate at the base, opening fire and wounding the sailor, a member of base security. But the wounded sailar was able to hit the switch that raised a barrier, preventing the man from getting onto the base.
Other security personnel shot and killed the suspect, who has been identified as Adam Alsahli of Corpus Christi.
Kirk Lippold, a retired U.S. Navy commander whose ship was attacked by terrorists in 2000, says the U.S. needs to evaluate the “tools” we are using to fight terrorism.
“And whether they are effective,” he adds.
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi experienced another incident at the same base last year: A man pleaded guilty to destruction of U.S. government property, and possession of a stolen firearm, after ramming his truck into a barricade there.
The shooting also comes months after a Saudi Air Force officer, who was training at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, killed three U.S. sailors and wounded eight other people in a shooting that American officials described as an act of terrorism.
“Clearly these individuals are being emboldened to carry out these attacks,” Lippold warns. “I think as a nation we still had better take a very hard look at are we doing the things necessary to keep us safe."