At least 5 dead, 3 injured in shootings at 2 Tenn. military recruiting centers


Shootings occurred at two military recruiting centers in southeastern Tennessee leaving five people dead, including the gunman, with three others wounded. One person is in critical condition. Another victim, a police officer, is stable.

The active shooter situation is over, the Chattanooga Police Department tweeted. The shooter and four other people are dead, Mayor Andy Berke told reporters during an afternoon press conference.

The four victims were Marines, the US Marine Corps confirmed on Twitter.

The gunman has been identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, a naturalized US citizen from Kuwait who lived in Hixson, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 with a degree in engineering, the Times Free Press reported.

The first shooting occurred at an Army recruiting center in Chattanooga, where a police officer was shot and injured. The second was at a Navy recruiting center near the Tennessee RiverPark, about five miles away.

At 10:40 a.m. local time, a man was reported to have fired an assault weapon in the vicinity of the Army National Guard center on Lee Highway, according to the Times Free Press.

All of the victims who were killed were at the second shooting location, the Naval Reserve center, the FBI special agent in charge said. The gunman also died at that location.

The FBI is now in charge of the investigation, and the incident is being treated as “an act of domestic terrorism,” US Attorney Bill Killian said.

An eyewitness heard gunshots and saw a man in a silver Ford Mustang convertible speed off, he told WTVC’s Alyssa Spirato. The witness saw a man had been struck in the leg by a bullet.

The suspect had multiple weapons, the FBI said. The families of the victims have not been notified yet.

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