Saudi Gunman Kills One American, Wounds Another

Motive appears to be workplace dispute at military contractor, not terrorism
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2014 4:15 PM CDT
Saudi Gunman Kills One American, Wounds Another
Saudi soldiers exercise before a military parade in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

A gunman in the capital of Saudi Arabia today killed one American and wounded another after opening fire at a gas station, reports the Guardian. The unidentified victims worked for a US defense contractor called Vinnell Arabia, and the shooting initially set off fears that it was a terror strike in retaliation for the US-led efforts against the Islamic State, or ISIS. But the AP reports that the motive appears to be much smaller in scope: The shooter had just been fired from the defense contractor over drug-related reasons, and he apparently blamed one of the Americans who got shot for turning him in.

He has been identified as Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, a 24-year-old Saudi national who was born in Washington state, reports the New York Times. Saudi police later shot and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody. Vinnell Arabia is affiliated with defense company Northrop Grumman, which provides training and services to the Saudi military. It's believed to be the first killing of a Westerner in Saudi Arabia in years, reports Reuters. (Read more Riyadh stories.)

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