Mohammed “Mo” Haitham, 19, had joined the Navy after his 2018 high school graduation and had just finished boot camp when he was assigned to the prestigious base.
“The commander of his school did call me,” his mother, a Navy veteran, told the Tampa Bay Times. “He told me my son did try to stop the shooter.”
Haitham’s death, and that of the second sailor, Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, were confirmed by family members on Saturday, a day after Saudi Royal Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire in a classroom at the base, where he was in an aviation training program.
Alshamrani killed three and injured eight, including two sheriffs deputies, before one of the deputies shot him dead, officials said.