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4 Marines Shot Dead By Muslim Terrorist Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez In Attacks On Recruitment Office And Reserve Center In Chattanooga

July 16, 2015

"...He was believed to have been born in Kuwait, and it was unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen The official was speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing, sensitive investigation. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman's first name was spelled Muhammad or Mohammad.

He is from Hixson, Tennessee, which is just a few miles across the river from Chattanooga..."

MIM: Updates

He was 24 years old.

He was a naturalized US citizen.

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack.

BREAKING NEWS: Four Marines dead and one critical after gunman opens fire on military recruitment offices AND Naval Reserve center with 'high-powered rifle' in Tennessee before being killed

Four Marines were killed after a gunman opened fire on recruitment offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee

A police officer and soldier were also injured

Officials have not yet named the shooter, but sources told CBS that the now-deceased suspect was a Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

Shots rang out at military recruitment offices in a strip mall on Lee Highway just before 11am

Active shooting situation then moved several miles north to a U.S. Naval Reserve Center near the Chattanooga State Community College campus

Just before 1:30pm, the Chattanooga police tweeted that the active shooter situation was over after the gunman was found dead

At an afternoon press conference, officials refused to reveal whether the gunman committed suicide or was shot dead by law enforcement

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee said the shooting was being investigated as an 'act of domestic terrorism'

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Four Marines Reported Dead in Tennessee Shooting
Four US Marines are dead, according to AP, after man opens fire at recruiting center. Shooter is reported dead; policeman wounded.

Ari Yashar, Gil Ronen

Shooting attacks took place late Thursday morning local time at two Naval Reserve facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four US Marines, were shot and according to the AP, they are dead. CNN reported that three of the military personnel who were shot are dead and one is in critical condition.

The shootings took place at the Army Recruiting Center on Lee Highway and the Naval and Marine Reserve Center at the Chattanooga Riverpark, on Amnicola Highway.

National reports also say the shooter is dead.

"Numerous weapons" were used by the shooter and officials said that the attacks are being treated as "domestic terrorism."

A police officer was also shot and is reportedly in stable condition. Mayor Andy Berke called the shootings "a nightmare for the city of Chattanooga."

The FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security sent teams to Chattanooga to assist police.

Much of the area near River Park where the incident has developed has been blocked off by police.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced, "we've got an officer down," although he did not provide the officer's condition. He added that it was a "very, very terrible situation and we need to go figure out how we can handle it."

On Twitter, Berke wrote: "Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected."

"There has been several (shootings) at several different locations. It's a fluid situation," said John Harmon, a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, according to Reuters.

A witness, Gina Mule, told CNN that from a window in a restaurant she saw a man with "a high-powered rifle" open fire with numerous shots from a silver Mustang car, targeting a building where military recruiting offices are located.

Responding to the attack, Chattanooga State University told students and staff to stay inside because of a "confirmed shooting."

The incident brings to mind the 2009 shooting attack at the Fort Hood army base, when Palestinian American Army Major Nidal Hasan unleashed a deadly shooting rampage, murdering 13 and wounding 32. Hasan admitted to conducted the shooting as an Islamist terror attack.

The same base was shot again in April 2014, with the shooter and three victims killed as well as 14 wounded


Chattanooga attack: Fifth victim dies from wounds

A US sailor has died from wounds sustained in an attack on military buildings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, two days ago, the US Navy says.

The death of logistics specialist Randall Smith brings to five the number of people killed by gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. The other four victims were US marines.

Abdulazeez was himself later killed in a shootout with police.

The FBI has said his motives for the shooting were unclear.

However, it says it has found no evidence that he was carrying out an international terror plot.

Four marines died at the scene of Thursday's shooting

Abdulazeez first fired shots at a recruitment centre in Chattanooga, then drove about six miles (10km) to a Navy and Marine reserve centre, where he shot and killed the marines, and wounded Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Smith.

"A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee" on Saturday at 02:17 local time (06:17 GMT), the US Navy said in a statement.

It did not name the sailor, but family members confirmed it was Randall Smith.

A relative told the US military newspaper Stars and Stripes that She said Smith was married with three young daughters.

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