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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez: Chattanooga Shooting Suspect Made Terrorist Joke In High School Yearbook (Photo)

| by Mackenzie Fleming

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the man identified by the FBI as the gunman who fatally shot four Marines and wounded a police officer and others this week, made a terrorist joke in his high school yearbook quote.

Next to his smiling senior portrait was the quote, "'My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?' – Hijabman."

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Abdulazeez’s shooting spree occurred Thursday, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at two military facilities. The FBI have said that Abulazeez, 24, was shot dead by police that day.

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The fatal attack began at a military reserve center on Lee Highway. The gunman then drove to a separate military reserve about eight miles away on Amnicola Highway, and the shootings continued. Reports of the shootings came between 10 and 11 a.m., according to Heavy. By about 1 p.m., the situation was under control, reports said. 

People who went to high school with the suspect sent the yearbook photographs to The Free Press, The Independent reported. The photographs appear to be from his senior year.

Abdulazeez attended Red Bank High School in Chattanooga. He was described by some as friendly and humble, with a love for martial arts.

“He was the All-American kid,” Scott Schrader, Abdulazeez’s mixed martial arts coach, told CNN.

Abdulazeez, originally from Kuwait, came to the U.S. with his parents in 1996 and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, Heavy reported. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and lived in Hixon, Tennessee, at the time of the shootings. He graduated from UTC in 2012 with an engineering degree. 

Reports say the suspect had a previous run-in with the law earlier this year. On April 21, he was arrested in Hamilton County Tennessee for driving under the influence. 

Abdulazeez’s house was searched by Swat teams Thursday, and the FBI is investigating the case. The Justice Department announced the case to be a “national security” investigation and a case of “domestic terrorism."

Source: Heavy (2), The Independent

Photo credit: Heavy via Twitter