Chattanooga shootings 4 marines killed gunman identified in Tennessee

Chattanooga shootings 4 marines killed gunman identified in Tennessee

A gunman has killed 4 US marines and injured several others at two US Navy buildings in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The shootings, according to a local district lawyer were being investigated as an “act of domestic terrorism.

The gunman, who was shot dead, was named as 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez by the FBI and local reports indicate he was born in the Middle East.

President Barack Obama termed the attack as “heartbreaking” and said the suspect appeared to be a “lone gunman”

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez is believed to have been born in Kuwait, but he has lived in the US for several years.

Earlier this year, he was arrested in Chattanooga for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A spokesman for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga said that in 2012, a student with the same name graduated with a degree in engineering, according to local media reports.

Armed police raided the house where he lived, a few miles outside Chattanooga in Hixson, after the shooting and an AP reporter said two women were led away in handcuffs- (follow this link for more information).

“I have directed the FBI to take lead in the national security investigation of this heinous attack on members of our military,” U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, calling the shooting “a shameful and cowardly act of violence.”

A law enforcement source said a terrorism force involving local and federal agencies is investigating.

Authorities “have not determined whether it was an act of terrorism or whether it was a criminal act,” Ed Reinhold, FBI special agent in charge, told reporters. “We are looking at every possible avenue, whether it was terrorism, whether it was domestic, international- or whether it was a simple, criminal act.”

A key detail will assist them in making that determination: finding out the motive of the suspect.

In the neighborhood where Abdulazeez is believed to have lived, police cars and an ambulance were on the streets. Residents were blocked from reaching their homes.

The shootings unfolded at 2 sites over 30 minutes, Reinhold said.

The suspected gunman begun spraying bullets at the glass doors of a strip mall military recruiting center at around 10.45 a.m. ET witnesses said. From there, he headed to another site more than 7 miles away, an operational support center operated by the U.S Navy. That’s where the 4 victims and the gunman were killed, Reinhold said.

Officials said at least three people were injured, including a police officer and a military service member.

The officer, who was injured when he was shot in the ankle, has been treated at the hospital, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said. Also, among those wounded was a military service member, the Defense Department said.

“Today was a nightmare for the city of Chattanooga… We had someone viciously attack, at two different locations, people who proudly serve our country,” Berke said.

The shootings raised concerns regarding security at the military centers. Authorities have not yet released details about where at the centers the victims were killed or how the gunman gained access.

U.S President Barack Obama said the FBI director had briefed him on the shootings.

“We take all shootings very seriously. Obviously, when you have an attack on a U.S military facility, then we have to make sure that we have all the information necessary to make an assessment in terms of how the attack took place and what further precautions we can take in the future,” he said vowing that the investigation would be “thorough and prompt.”- (follow this link for more information)



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