The last words he wrote to her were “ACTIVE SHOOTER.”
Lance Cpt. Squire Wells, known to friends and family as Skip, was texting his girlfriend when the Chattanooga, Tennessee, shooter gunned him and three other Marines down on Thursday. Girlfriend Caroline Dove shared the text message conversation, reports ABC 2.
“Can’t wait anymore,” Wells texted her.
The couple of two-and-a-half years was about to be reunited, as Dove had booked a flight to Chattanooga to see him.
“Yes, you can honey,” she replied.
It would not be until hours later that she understood his next and last words.
“ACTIVE SHOOTER,” he wrote.
She thought he was joking.
“You are so weird,” she responded, confused.
She never heard from him again.
Hours after the text, she started to get worried. “I love you,” she texted him.
Several more hours later, she heard news about the Chattanooga shooting. “Hon, I need you to answer me please,” she wrote.
On Friday, a family friend told her the tragic news.
“It was devastating to hear that he was one of the victims,” Dove said, according to the Daily Mail. "I was so overwhelmed with emotions...I didn’t know what to do.”
The three other Marines that the gunman killed have been identified as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt.
Late in the morning on Thursday, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who authorities believe was a radicalized Muslim, sat in the driver’s seat of his car and fired rounds through the window of a military recruitment office in a Chattanooga strip mall, where he injured one person.
Abdulazeez then drove a few miles to the Naval Reserve Center, where he opened fire at servicemen through a fence. When police eventually arrived, the shooter crashed his car and was shot dead by a police officer.
Abdulazeez killed two fathers, a Purple Heart recipient, and 21-year-old Wells, who was just out of boot camp.
Wells’ mother was watching news coverage of the massacre when Marines knocked on her door, reports ABC 2.
“Every service parent, especially moms, dreads opening the front door and seeing people in uniform,” said friend Andy Kingery, who spoke on behalf of the family.