Saudi Pensacola shooter was left ‘infuriated’ after instructor nicknamed him ‘Porn Stash’ due to his moustache in front of his classmates and filed an official complaint earlier this year

  • Incident took place in April at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida 
  • Mohammed al-Shamrani lodged a complaint over comment made by instructor 
  • James Day was teaching a meteorology class which was about to be dismissed 
  • Day then turned to al-Shamrani and referred to him as ‘Porn Stash’ 
  • The in-jest comment was made in front of 10 other aviation students
  • Two American classmates helped al-Shamrani prepare complaint over incident
  • Company which employs Day said it took ‘corrective action’ in response
  • Investigators do not believe incident is connected to Friday’s shooting 

The Saudi airman who killed three enlistees and wounded eight at a naval training center in Pensacola on Friday filed a complaint earlier this year against one of his instructors who teased him in front of other students by calling him ‘Porn Stash.’

The ‘stash’ is short-hand for moustache. The term ‘porn stache’ is a reference to a mustache which bears a resemblance to that of many pornographic actors. 

Saudi Royal Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani lodged a complaint in April against an instructor at the training center who called him ‘Porn Stash’ in front of about 10 other aviation students, according to The New York Times.

‘I was infuriated as to why he would say that in front of the class,’ al-Shamrani wrote in his complaint.

The FBI declined to comment on the incident. Investigators do not believe that the incident had any connection to Friday’s shooting, the Times reported.

Months before Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, Saudi gunman Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani (above) lodged a complaint against an instructor who called him ‘Porn Stash’ – a reference to his moustache resembling that of a pornographic film actor

The above image shows police tape stretching across a street near a building at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Saturday

The incident took place at the end of a meteorology class taught by James Day.

Before Day dismissed the students, he asked if anyone had any questions.

He then turned to al-Shamrani and referred to him as ‘Porn Stash.’

‘Laughing, he continued to ask, “What? Have you not seen a porn star before?”’ al-Shamrani wrote in his complaint, which was prepared with the help of two other American trainees.

‘After I did not respond, he just let go of the subject.’

The head of the company that employs Day refused to discuss details of the incident.

Brian Busey, the president of Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, said the matter was dealt with in April.

‘Appropriate personnel action was taken regarding the incident in question, corrective action was taken, the matter was closed back in April, and we have no further comment, Busey told the Times. 



Family members and others identified the three dead as Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia (left); Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida (center); and Joshua Kaleb Watson, a 23-year-old graduate of the US Naval Academy (right)

Members of the Air Force Old Guard Carry team carry the transfer case of Ensign Joshua Caleb Watson at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on Sunday

Members of the Air Force Old Guard Carry team carry the transfer case of Seaman Apprentice Cameron S. Walters at Dover Air Force Base on Sunday

Members of the Air Force Old Guard Carry team carry the transfer case of Seaman Mohammed Haitham on Sunday. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly (center) and Navy Admiral Michael Gilday (right), the chief of naval operations, look on

Door Attendant Staff Sergeant Siannie L. Concepcion closes the door of the transport vehicle carrying the transfer cases of three military members killed

The revelation about the complaint filed by al-Shamrani surfaced on the same day that investigators learned he and other Saudi airmen who were in the US for military training visited the September 11 memorial in New York City just days before the shooting.

Senior law enforcement officials also say that al-Shamrani, 21, made preparations for the shooting by filing paperwork to purchase a gun in April. 

The revelations about al-Shamrani’s movements are part of efforts by investigators to establish an exact timeline in the weeks leading up to Friday’s shooting rampage, according to The Daily Beast.

As of Sunday, investigators have no indication that al-Shamrani was helped by others.

Family members and others identified the three dead as Joshua Kaleb Watson, a 23-year-old graduate of the US Naval Academy; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who joined the Navy after graduating from high school last year; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia. 

‘Radicalized’ Pensacola gunman visited 9/11 memorial in New York just two days before the shooting

Investigators learned that a few days before the shooting, al-Shamrani and at least five other Saudi airmen traveled to New York City, where they visited tourist sites including the 9/11 memorial (above)

The Saudi gunman who killed three people at a naval base in Pensacola and wounded either others visited the September 11 memorial in New York City just days before the shooting and also filed a complaint against an instructor earlier this year, according to investigators.

Senior law enforcement officials also say that the killer, Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani, 21, made preparations for the shooting by filing paperwork to purchase a gun in April.

The revelations about al-Shamrani’s movements are part of efforts by investigators to establish an exact timeline in the weeks leading up to Friday’s shooting rampage, according to The Daily Beast.

As of Sunday, investigators have no indication that al-Shamrani was helped by others.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed several Saudi airman who, like al-Shamrani, were in the United States as part of a military training program.

None of those Saudis appear to have had any involvement in the shooting, law enforcement officials told The Daily Beast.

The Saudis told investigators that they also noticed nothing unusual about al-Shamrani’s behavior during his trip to New York from November 28 until December 1.

During that time, al-Shamrani met up with at least five other Saudi airmen. They stayed at a lower-end hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The Saudis visited New York’s most popular tourist destinations, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and the 9/11 museum, according to investigators.

‘All the places they went were all the places tourists go see what this country’s all about,’ one investigator told The Daily Beast.


Law enforcement officials said that the group of Saudis which included al-Shamrani also visited popular tourist sites like the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (left) and the Statue of Liberty (right)

Investigators noted that the 9/11 museum has pictures on display of the hijackers – 15 of whom were Saudi nationals.

Three days after returning home to Florida, al-Shamrani hosted a dinner party for his fellow Saudis.

It was during that event that he screened a disturbing video showing a montage of mass shootings.

After the shooting, a number of the Saudi airmen took cell phone video near the scene.

But investigators say they were merely doing what any other curious onlooker would do when seeing a large number of emergency vehicles descend on the area.

Investigators combed through the cell phone footage and found nothing unusual that would arouse their suspicions, according to The Daily Beast.

‘Nothing before the fact, nothing during,’ one law enforcement official said.

Meanwhile, new information has been gleaned about the long process that al-Shamrani went through to legally obtain the 9mm Glock 45 semiautomatic pistol used in the shooting.

The Daily Beast learned that al-Shamrani obtained a Florida hunting license that allowed him to take advantage of a loophole in federal law banning foreign nationals from buying a gun.

Law enforcement officials also said that al-Shamrani went through the months-long process of legally obtaining a Glock 45 9mm handgun

The loophole allows foreigners with a valid visa to buy a gun if ‘in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States.’

One investigator said al-Shamrani’s choice of a Glock 45 with an extended magazine meant that the only thing he intended to hunt was ‘people.’

According to The Daily Beast, the gun shop in Pensacola which sold the weapon to al-Shamrani checked with authorities to confirm the validity of his visa.

The Saudi national was issued the visa in Riyadh. He arrived for military training in the US in August 2017.

In late July, al-Shamrani completed the 15-week process to buy the gun despite the fact that he was not allowed to carry the weapon onto the premises of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

By law, al-Shamrani also would not have been able to board an airplane with the weapon if he were to fly back to his native Saudi Arabia.

Investigators are now trying to figure out if al-Shamrani acted alone or if he was recruited and groomed as a sort of ‘sleeper agent.’

If al-Shamrani was intent on killing Americans, investigators want to know why he bought a gun instead of waiting to come into possession of a far more powerful weapon that could maximize casualties, like a fighter jet armed with missiles or bombs.  

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