Four US Marines were gunned down in a pair of deadly shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The July 16 attacks took place at a Naval Reserve center and a military recruitment post. Authorities are calling this horrific event an act of ‘domestic terrorism.’
Not again – another deadly event has claimed the lives of innocent Americans. Four US Marines were killed and three other people were injured in two separate Chattanooga, Tennessee shootings. The events were reportedly carried out by a single gunman, leading authorities to believe this was a planned terrorist attack.
The shootings took place on July 16, at a Naval Reserve Operation Support/Marine Corps Reserve Center and an Armed Forces Recruiting Center, reports ABC. The recruiting center also houses an Army and Marine recruiting office, though all injuries reportedly took place at the Naval/Marine facility.
The attacks were reportedly carried out by a single shooter. Law enforcement sources told CBS News that the shooting suspect was reportedly identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke confirmed that the shooter was dead and US. Attorney Bill Killian told the press that authorities are treating this tragic event as “an act of domestic terrorism.”
Witnesses tell CNN that the shooter sprayed bullets at the glass doors of the Armed Forces recruiting center, located in a strip mall out by Lee Highway. Brian Lepley, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, said that the shooter stopped in front of the facility, shot at the building and drove off. From there, the gunman drove to the Naval Operations/Marine Corps Reserve center, where he killed four stationed Marines. By early afternoon, the Chattanooga police tweeted that the “active shooter situation” was over and the gunman was dead.
Chattanooga Shootings: Witness Says Suspect Had A ‘High Powered Rifle’
Gina Mule, a server at a restaurant near the mall shooting, said she saw a man in a silver mustang firing a “high-powered rifle” at the recruiting office sometime around 10:50 a.m. “I don’t know how many shots he fired, but it was a lot,” she told CNN.
At this time, the names of those killed have not been released. Among those injured in the shooting is one police officer and one soldier. We will keep you updated as more details are revealed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those whose lives were tragically cut short. We also send our condolences to the community of Chattanooga during this horrible tragedy.
— Jason Brow