CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The man who authorities say killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting center and another U.S. military site was a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer who had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the bloodshed.
Beyond that, little is known about Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, or what motivated his rampage. Federal authorities were looking into the possibility it was an act of terrorism, but say there is no evidence yet that anyone else was involved — or that the public is in any danger.
Officials have said they do not know why the shooter targeted the facilities and have not said what weapons he used.
Even the exact spelling of his first name was not clear: Federal authorities and records gave at least four variations. Residents in the neighborhood where Abdulazeez is believed to have lived said they didn’t know him or his family well.
The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The FBI says the gunman opened fire Thursday at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart, killing at least four Marines.
A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity identified the gunman as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, though the exact spelling of his first name was in dispute, with federal authorities and records giving at least four variations.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An FBI official says investigators have no evidence at this point that anyone but a lone gunman was involved in the fatal shooting of four marines in Tennessee.
FBI agent Ed Reinhold also told a news conference Thursday night that the shooter initially fired from inside his car when he drove by a military recruiting center at a strip mall. Reinhold said the shooter then drove to another U.S. military site about 15 miles away, where he got out of his car before fatally shooting the marines.
Reinhold also told the news conference that “there is no indication at this point that anybody else was involved.”
“Obviously, we’re still at the beginning of this investigation. We will explore any possibility and that includes whether or not anyone else was involved.”