The diary of 24-year-old Mohammad Abdulazeez, who shot and killed four Marines and one Navy sailor last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee before getting killed by police, has been reportedly found by the FBI.
The diary, with passages dating back as far as 2013, shows a troubled young man’s journey with depression, suicidal thoughts, anti-U.S. sentiments, crippling debt and rampant drug abuse.
After he lost his job because of his drug habits, he wrote about “becoming a martyr,” his family representative said according to ABC.
But what the FBI still haven’t found is his motive for unloading his gun on two unguarded military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee — places where a sign banning guns hung in irony on the doors riddled with bullet holes following the deadly shooting
According to the family representative, Abdulazeez showed no outward signs of radicalization, but said the young man “was susceptible to bad influences” as he could easily be affected by watching news reports of events such as the killings of children in Syria.
Friends and neighbors said the 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kuwait grew up in a strict Muslim household. He wasn’t known to date, but he smoked marijuana, liked joy riding fast cars and practiced shooting firearms he bought online, some illegally, at firing ranges with friends, they said.
On Friday, the FBI said they had no indication that Abdulazeez was inspired by the Islamic State.
The family representative claimed the gunman’s family tried unsuccessfully a number of times to get him help for his mental illness and away from his friends who encouraged drinking and smoking marijuana.
That help included a 7-month trip to Jordan last year in order to “get him away from bad influences in the U.S.,” his family said.
“The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved,” Abdulazeez’s family said in a statement. “For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.”