4 Marines killed in Tennessee shooting


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Chattanooga shooting: 4 Marine killed in Tennessee - CNN.com

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez was carrying 30-round magazines when he opened fire, according to a source briefed by law enforcement. Abdulazeez kept police at bay for some time with the amount of ammunition he had, according to the source.

The shooting suspect was armed with an AK-47 style weapon‎ at the time of the attack according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation.

[Previous story, posted at 10:30 p.m. ET Thursday]

(CNN) -- Who was the gunman accused of killing four Marines in a shooting rampage Thursday at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and why did he open fire?

Suspected shooter Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, is dead, the FBI said. But -- publicly, at least -- investigators haven't said much more about him.

Witnesses saw Abdulazeez spray a hail of bullets at the glass doors of a military recruiting center in a strip mall. Then the gunman, who according to a law enforcement official was driving in a rented silver Ford Mustang convertible, moved on to his next target more than seven miles away: a Naval reserve center. There, he rammed into a gate at some point during his shooting rampage and was eventually killed by police, a U.S. official said.

Now, with the FBI in the lead, a terrorism task force is investigating, a law enforcement source said.


Authorities "have not determined whether it was an act of terrorism or whether it was a criminal act," Ed Reinhold, FBI special agent in charge, told reporters. "We are looking at every possible avenue, whether it was terrorism -- whether it was domestic, international -- or whether it was a simple, criminal act."

A key detail will help them make that determination: finding out the suspect's motive.

Who was the suspect?

Authorities say Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez attacked two military centers in Tennessee. Four Marines were killed.
In the neighborhood where Abdulazeez is believed to have lived, police cars and an ambulance were on the streets. Residents were blocked from reaching their homes. A woman was escorted in handcuffs from the area, but it was unclear whether she was connected to the alleged gunman.

"We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until it can be determined that it is not," Reinhold said. U.S. Attorney Bill Killian earlier told reporters that authorities were treating the shooting as an "act of domestic terrorism."

Authorities have released few details about the alleged gunman, but some details have begun to emerge about his past.

Abdulazeez was arrested in April for allegedly driving under the influence. He had been scheduled to appear in court later this month.



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Not sure why he threw his life away, he was an engineer. Maybe there were family problems or something else. To help you understand though, we Western Muslims face the scrutiny and get blamed for anything that happens overseas. For you guys it is local affair and that's what it should be. Not something we deal with. It's unfair and because of this we have young Muslim men that are more extreme than Al Qaeda in ME. Simply because they get emotional due to the political state of the world and past 30 years of events in ME between West and Arabs.

Another point also, our youth don't have guidance. There are two kinds of youth here, one who is fully secular and tries embracing 'cool' lifestyle and one who gets along but does't embrace this lifestyle therefore some may feel they don't belong where they are. Our clerics are mostly foreign ones who can't connect with youth and are afraid to speak politics. But recently we have ones who are born here and connect well. But without some sort of guidance within family and community people get lost astray.

This state where he belongs is pretty hostile to Muslims, so that probably contributed to his frustration. But also in ME we have many young men giving up their lives with ease. Today in Riyadh someone killed himself in a car bomb, why aren't we taking steps to improve our governance and stop targeting all political dissent? Because it's combination of our governments who don't tolerate dissent, specifically political Islam, and then Iran which targets Sunni Arabs then West which also targets Sunni Arabs. Our people have suffered a tremendous amount and I'm surprised it hasn't gotten worse. If nobody addresses their rights to be free Sunni Arabs then we will have more young men devote their lives to this cause.