At the US Military Sites Gunman Kills 4 Marines

At the US Military Sites Gunman Kills 4 Marines
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:46:48

A gunman opened fire at 2 military sites in Chatagoona, in the state of Tennessee and killed 4 marines, Al-Alam News Network reports.

The suspect was identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a naturalised American born in Kuwait who was also killed in the incident on Thursday. Two others, a soldier and a police officer, were wounded, an official said.

The FBI said there was "no indication" that anyone else was involved in the shooting as law enforcement authorities investigated the motive for the attack.

The Department of Homeland Security was stepping up security at certain federal facilities "out of an abundance of caution" and supporting the FBI investigation, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement, Al Jazeera reported.

Chattanooga is a city of about 173,000 people along the Tennessee River in the southeast of the state.

The US Navy confirmed in a tweet early on Thursday afternoon that a shooting had taken place at a recruitment center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga. Shortly after, the Chattanooga Police Department said the situation had ended.

Witnesses and local media reports said the gunman, driving an open-top Ford Mustang, fired at two locations including a military recruiting center and a US Navy Reserve center about 10km apart. Witnesses said they heard scores of shots.

US President Barack Obama said early investigations indicated that Abdulazeez was acting alone, but promised a "thorough and prompt" inquiry.

"It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valour to be killed in this fashion," he said in a statement from the Oval Office.

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