Gunman Responsible For Death Of Four Marines In Chattanooga Shootings Identified

| by Jordan Smith

A gunman who fired multiple shots at two locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Thursday, killing four U.S. Marines, has been identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, according to an anonymous law enforcement official.

Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire at a Navy recruiting center at approximately 10:45 a.m., the New York Times reports. The shooting continued at the Marine reserve center about a half an hour later, where the four fatalities occurred.

At least one police officer was wounded in the shooting. The Blaze reported that several others were wounded, but no definitive number was available.

Little is known about the gunman at present. The Blaze reported that he was born in Kuwait, and WRCB noted that he is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was killed during the police response.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian originally stated that the incident was “an act of domestic terrorism,” but subsequently retracted this statement and said that an FBI investigation would determine its nature, the Times reported.

Edward Reinhold, an FBI special agent, stated at a news conference that Abdulazeez was “probably from this area, or at least is residing in this area prior to the event.”

The anonymous official confirmed later that Abdulazeez came from Hixson, Tennessee, located several miles from Chattanooga.

A woman who works near the location of the second shooting said she heard multiple shots.

“I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many,” Marilyn Hutcheson said, according to the Times. “It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew, there were police cars coming from every direction.”

Lee University along with a number of local businesses and a mall in the suburb of Cleveland imposed lockdowns in response to the shooting. Local media reports of shots being fired at the mall were later confirmed as inaccurate.

“The president has been briefed by his national security staff on the Chattanooga shooting, and will continue to get updates as warranted,” a White House statement read.

Sources: New York Times, The Blaze, WRCB / Photo credit: WRCB