Chattanooga Shooter: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

Published: July 17, 2015

Chattanooga Shooter: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, “It’s been a long day for our city,” Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said at a late-night press conference, more than 12 hours after a gunman opened fire on two military facilities in the city, killing four Marines and injuring three other people.

The FBI continues to process evidence at three separate crime scenes in the city, but they are no closer to determining a motive. FBI Special Agent in Charge Ed Reinhold did say there was nothing yet tying suspected shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez to a known terrorist organization, but he emphasized it’s still very early in the investigation.

The FBI is closely examining Abdulazeez’s life, his friends, his family, and his recent actions. An autopsy will be performed on his body over the weekend.

There is also no evidence that Abdulazeez was working with or conspired with anyone in the shooting.

The Chattanooga officer shot Thursday has been identified as Dennis Pedigo. He suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and was recovering at a Chattanooga Hospital.

As for four Marines who were killed, the FBI will not release those names. It will be up to the Department of Defense to identify them, and their families have been notified, according to authorities.

The four service members were the focus for many tonight, along with the others who were injured in the shooting.

“It’s a shock what happened, in a great city,” said Sen. Bob Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor.

He and Gov. Bill Haslam praised Chattanooga police and other local first responders for their heroic actions during the shooting. They said their bravery saved many other lives.

Another press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday. The FBI asks if anyone has any information to call 865-602-7582.


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