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Suspect in terrorist attack had known connections to terrorist cell

Matt Pierce and Bryan Licardello

Corpus Christi -- Officials are investigating what is believed to be a terror-related incident a naval installation in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

The incident was first reported around 6:15 local time Thursday morning when a man drove through a gate opening fire. One female sailor assigned to the base's security force was shot in the chest. Officials later confirmed that the sailor was wearing a ballistic vest and only received minor injuries. She was transported to a local hospital and was released. 

The suspect, 20-year-old Adam Alsahli was killed by security forces during a shootout that lasted for over a minute. His body has since been transported to San Antonio for forensics analysis. 

In a short mid-afternoon press conference in Corpus Christi, officials with the FBI confirmed that the incident was terror-related and that the FBI would be taking over the investigation. Officials said during the press conference that there was the possibility of a second suspect at large in the community, but offered no further information. 

Just after the press conference law enforcement officials we're seen searching a house in Central Corpus Christi. Officials said that the house was being searched for explosives. As of post it is unclear what may have been discovered. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott had been briefed on the situation and the Texas Department of Public Safety is working with the FBI to provide assistance to the investigation. 

Naval Air Station has been the site of several security breach incidents over the past two years. The incident today marks the third such security incident in the past six months causing concern for officials from Washington, D.C. on down. However, security devices that were deployed during today's incident may have helped slow the advancement of the gunman. 

There are believed to be at least three active terror cells with connections to Texas. Today's suspected terrorist is believed to have contact with al-Qaeda operatives as recently as Wednesday evening, according to the Department of Justice. 

In a call Thursday afternoon, officials at the DOJ Washington confirmed that the suspect was on a terrorist watchlist and may have been well known to federal officials. 

There are no media briefings planned for today. 


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