24 Year Old Goes On A Shooting Massacre At A Military Recruiting Office In Chattanooga Tennessee
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A police chase ensued, and several people were killed at a naval reserve center about 30 minutes later.
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.
The FBI identified Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, as the shooter in the Thursday afternoon attack that left four Marines dead.
Police haven't said whether the gunman was killed by officers or shot himself.
Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they were investigating the incident as possible "domestic terrorism."
Federal law enforcement officials said that it appeared the shooter acted alone, but investigators were still looking for any possible associates who may have helped inspire the incident or helped him acquire the weapon, said the officials, who were not authorized to comment publicly.
Abdulazeez attended Red Bank High School in Chattanooga and went on to acquire a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, according to an online resume.
A page in his Red Bank High School yearbook shows a clean-cut Abdulazeez dressed in a tuxedo and smiling next to a quote: "My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?"
Abdulazeez also had a sporting side.
Abdulazeez worked out three to five days a week at the gym and quickly grew into an aspiring young fighter, he said.
Promptly each evening at 6 p.m., Abdulazeez would interrupt his workout and unfurl his prayer rug in the gym's offices to conduct evening prayers, Schrader said. He would also meet with Schrader and other friends from the gym hang out at local restaurants and bars to watch mixed martial art matches.
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Abdulazeez had several friends at the gym, but one in particular, a former Chattanooga police officer, would constantly exhort militant Islamic views and threatened anyone who bad-mouthed the faith, Schrader said.
The man was the one who introduced Abdulazeez to the Fight Factory and became the young fighter's closest mentor, he said.
Youssuf Abdulazeez killed 4 Marines and wounded at least three other people. He himself died in what the United States attorney here called a potential act of “domestic terrorism.”