The FBI said Friday that there is no indication the Chattanooga shooter, identified as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was inspired or directed by the Islamic State.
FBI special agent Ed Reinhold, leading the bureau’s investigation into the Thursday attack that killed four Marines, said law enforcement would continue, however, to examine the Kuwait-born suspect’s overseas travel, which consisted of 7 months in Jordan in 2014.
The comments came after House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said his “judgement” suggested “that it was an ISIS-inspired attack.”
“The targets are identical to the targets called by ISIS to attack,” he said.
During Friday’s press conference, Reinhold said Abdulazeez was not wearing body armor at the time of the attack, but had an ammo vest strapped to his chest.
The FBI official added that it appeared some of the firearms used were purchased illegally. Reinhold said Abdulazeez was armed with at least two rifles and a handgun.