Chattanooga Shooting Leaves 4 Marines Killed in Tennessee, Suspect Identified

Chattanooga Shooting Leaves 4 Marines Killed in Tennessee, Suspect Identified

Four Marines were killed and a police officer was wounded when a gunman opened fire Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m. at two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, officials said. 

The situation was under control within 30 minutes.

The gunman, identified by CBS News as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who was a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kuwait, was also shot and killed.

Chattanooga shooting leaves 4 Marines killed in Tennessee, suspect identified

A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, killing at least four Marines and wounding a soldier and a police officer.

A police officer was shot in the ankle and is in stable condition, and a Marine recruiter is being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg, where his condition is unknown.

The shooting began at a recruiting center on Old Lee Highway in Chattanooga where five branches of the military all have adjoining offices.

The gunman fired 25 to 30 rounds at the facility before driving to another facility about 8 miles away, where all of the dead were killed. At the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga, the four Marines were killed as well as the shooter. 

Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at Binswanger Glass just across the street from the center on Amnicola Highway, said she heard a barrage of gunfire around 11 a.m.

“I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many,” she said. “It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew, there were police cars coming from every direction.”

Local U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said the case will be investigated by the FBI as an “act of domestic terrorism.”

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