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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee is the man who authorities say killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting center and another U.S. military site.  Abdulazeez was a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer and had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the incident occurred.

Little is known about Muhammad or what motivated him to cause so much bloodshed. Federal authorities said there is no evidence yet that anyone else was involved or that the public is in any danger by an act of terrorism.

According to Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge, leader of Army recruiting the shootings started at the recruiting center on Old Lee Highway, with one shot around 10:30 or 10:45 a.m., followed a few seconds later by more fire. Dodge estimated there were 30 to 50 shots fired.

In a news conference late Thursday FBI agent Ed Reinhold said that the shooter fired at the center from inside his car, but then got out of his car to shoot the four marines at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chattanooga.

Reinhold said Abdulazeez had “numerous weapons” but no details were given regarding what kind of weapons. However the attacks were over within 30 minutes.  In addition to the Marines killed, authorities said three people were wounded, including a sailor who had serious injuries and a police officer was shot in the ankle.

The names of the dead were not immediately released. Abdulazeez was said to have graduated from Red Bank High School graduated from Red Bank High School and later studied electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

According to former classmate Hussnain Javid, Abdulazeez was on the high school’s wrestling team and was a popular student.  Authorities would not say publicly how the Abdulazeez died, but the U.S. official said investigators believe Chattanooga police fired the shot that killed him.

 

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