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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.

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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.
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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.
 

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This one hit a bit close to home for me. I wonder if the administration will acknowledge it as a terrorist attack, or try their best to present it as something else! Sometimes I feel as though our police and military are sitting ducks, being hunted by every murdering whack-job out there! The disturbing part is that everyone knew he was a Muslim, but no one realized he had become radicalized! When will we stop this infiltration of our country?
 

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It was an obvious choice. These American recruitment centers are virtually undefended. I believe they are left so in order to look welcoming. But something needs to be done or these kinds of attacks will happen again
 

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It's unfortunate but there needs to be more security at these places if we can hope to prevent stuff like this from happening in the future. Very sad incident this.
 

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yep. Must be a Muslim attack. He has a beard... so... yeah. That must have been what this is about. Thats sarcasm.I know there's a good chance it was terrorism. But what if it was actually because his girlfriend left him for a marine, or navy recruiter? Everybody jumps to conclusions, now a days. People are turning into the very thing they claim to hate.
 

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yep. Must be a Muslim attack. He has a beard... so... yeah. That must have been what this is about. That's sarcasm.
He had a beard!

Too many people are jumping to conclusions. The killer it is said traveled to the Middle East in 2014. Does traveling to the Middle East make someone a terrorist? Oh, wait. His name is Mohammad so yeah, this must have been a terrorist attack. There have been many mass shootings in the past and each time the authorities and the media were quick to suggest that the villain was insane or he had some drug-induced mental disorder . . .
 

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He had a beard!

Too many people are jumping to conclusions. The killer it is said traveled to the Middle East in 2014. Does traveling to the Middle East make someone a terrorist? Oh, wait. His name is Mohammad so yeah, this must have been a terrorist attack. There have been many mass shootings in the past and each time the authorities and the media were quick to suggest that the villain was insane or he had some drug-induced mental disorder . . .
I am sorry people but political correctness is one of the things that has weakened our country over the years! As a local radio talk show host put it, "If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it ain't Celine Dion!" Why would anyone NOT assume this was a terrorist attack? Profiling is not necessarily racism! We are at war with Islamic terrorists! I don't understand why we are so complacent in this! 5 servicemen were targeted and killed in their own backyard by someone who has enjoyed everything America has to offer! Save some sympathy for the families of these fallen heroes please!
 

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yep. Must be a Muslim attack. He has a beard... so... yeah. That must have been what this is about. Thats sarcasm.I know there's a good chance it was terrorism. But what if it was actually because his girlfriend left him for a marine, or navy recruiter? Everybody jumps to conclusions, now a days. People are turning into the very thing they claim to hate.
That thought crossed my mind too. There is every chance that this guy had simply "lost his mind" either due to extreme trauma or stress, or through a long-term mental health issue. Let's not be so quick to label this as "terrorism" simply because the man concerned is a Muslim.
 

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I am sorry people but political correctness is one of the things that has weakened our country over the years! As a local radio talk show host put it, "If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it ain't Celine Dion!" Why would anyone NOT assume this was a terrorist attack?
But should one jump to conclusions? Was the attack sanctioned by a terrorist network? Or was this the act of a deranged gunman who thought he was doing something for a terrorist group?

Terrorists can and do kill anyone. While I'm not ruling out the possibility that this could be a terrorist attack, question is why didn't he go to a place where many people would be and shoot as many of them as he could?

The motive for the shooting is yet to be established and before we know what prompted the man to shoot the marines let's not call it a terrorist attack.

I don't understand why we are so complacent in this! 5 servicemen were targeted and killed in their own backyard by someone who has enjoyed everything America has to offer! Save some sympathy for the families of these fallen heroes please!
Nonetheless I extend my condolences to the victims families. May the fallen find peace in the afterlife.
 

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But should one jump to conclusions? Was the attack sanctioned by a terrorist network? Or was this the act of a deranged gunman who thought he was doing something for a terrorist group?

Terrorists can and do kill anyone. While I'm not ruling out the possibility that this could be a terrorist attack, question is why didn't he go to a place where many people would be and shoot as many of them as he could?

The motive for the shooting is yet to be established and before we know what prompted the man to shoot the marines let's not call it a terrorist attack.


Nonetheless I extend my condolences to the victims families. May the fallen find peace in the afterlife.
Okay I'll admit I'm confused here. If a lone gunman, under the banner of Allah, carries out an attack, particularly on US servicemen, is that not an act of terror, regardless of the head count? How many do they have to kill to carry out their "religious" requirements? Less than this have been killed and it's still been considered an act of terrorism.
 

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We don't know what his motivation was just yet, the was no "banner of Allah" or any kind of religious message during the attack. But it is being investigated as domestic terrorism so this is obviously an active line of inquiry that is not being denied.

The point is that at this stage no specific religious motivation is actually known to exist. People called Mohammed can kill people for other reasons just as people called Michael or Sanjay can.

There is a pretty good chance that this young, depressed, man did attach his suffering to a radical religious message and we will find that was the motive. But I am not going to 100% assume that until it comes out from the investigation.
 

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It hardly matters to terrorists how many people they kill. Most often target crowded areas because they'll kill more people so I suppose many terrorists would more likely choose such places.
Okay I'll admit I'm confused here. If a lone gunman, under the banner of Allah, carries out an attack, particularly on US servicemen, is that not an act of terror, regardless of the head count?
The motive for the killings is not known yet. The shooter's diary is being scrutinized by the FBI and it's only afterwards that we can either call this an act of terrorism or something else.
 

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Okay I'll admit I'm confused here. If a lone gunman, under the banner of Allah, carries out an attack, particularly on US servicemen, is that not an act of terror, regardless of the head count? How many do they have to kill to carry out their "religious" requirements? Less than this have been killed and it's still been considered an act of terrorism.
There is no "religious requirements" in Islam to kill innocent people.... IMO, West is doing it very wrong. They are polarizing Muslims in every way they can.

Terror has no religion, race, country. But people do not acknowledge this fact and there is no collective fight against terrorism. Because of the polarization know there is the concept of good terrorist, bad terrorist.

In example:

Nusra is a terror organization because it's affiliated with al-Qaeda right.

PKK is also a terror organization acknowledged by US,EU, Turkey and many other countries, but US has no second thought about supporting PYD which is a PKK affiliated terror group against ISIS.
 

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I just wanted to get this off my chest real quick: extremism is dangerous and horrible regardless of what exactly someone is an extremist of. If someone takes their hate towards ANYONE to a level filled with so much hate, they're an extremists. Anyone who uses that hate to justify hate speech and/or violence is no better than any other extremists. The people who want to constantly talk s**t about all of Islam, because of what some hate mongers did, are not any better than the jihadists. Hate is hate, no matter who harbors it against who.
 
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