At least 5 dead, 3 injured in shootings at 2 Tenn. military recruiting centers
The active shooter situation is over, the Chattanooga Police Department tweeted. The shooter and four other people are dead, Mayor Andy Berke told reporters during an afternoon press conference.
Active shooter situation is over. Details forthcoming #chanews— Chattanooga Police (@ChattanoogaPD) July 16, 2015
The four victims were Marines, the US Marine Corps confirmed on Twitter.
The gunman has been identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, a naturalized US citizen from Kuwait who lived in Hixson, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 with a degree in engineering, the Times Free Press reported.
HAPPENING NOW: SWAT team staging to prepare for entry into suspect’s Hixson TN home. pic.twitter.com/991hSaLNQi— Times Free Press (@TimesFreePress) July 16, 2015
The first shooting occurred at an Army recruiting center in Chattanooga, where a police officer was shot and injured. The second was at a Navy recruiting center near the Tennessee RiverPark, about five miles away.
Here at the US Army career center police with assault rifles have locked down the surrounding businesses. pic.twitter.com/hGnMZT6NIi— Joy Lukachick Smith (@JLukachick) July 16, 2015
At 10:40 a.m. local time, a man was reported to have fired an assault weapon in the vicinity of the Army National Guard center on Lee Highway, according to the Times Free Press.
Here's a picture of the recruiting center that was shot up. Friend on facebook took the pic pic.twitter.com/krOM7xwU6J— Michael Ball (@Mike_Ball423) July 16, 2015
All of the victims who were killed were at the second shooting location, the Naval Reserve center, the FBI special agent in charge said. The gunman also died at that location.
Man prays over sobbing citizen at crime scene pic.twitter.com/1k2lCk3n7P— Alyssa Spirato (@ASpiratoNC9) July 16, 2015
The FBI is now in charge of the investigation, and the incident is being treated as “an act of domestic terrorism,” US Attorney Bill Killian said.
According to the FBI, Abdulazeez first started firing from inside a car. No other individuals are in custody.
Urgent need for donors! Chattanooga shooting victims have required multiple units of blood. Learn where you can help: http://t.co/1HlJB8VNby— Blood Assurance (@bloodassurance) July 16, 2015
Chattanooga doing what it does in a time of tragedy. People lining up to give blood. pic.twitter.com/2wN4LlHwHD— Barry Schultz (@Barryphotog3) July 16, 2015
An eyewitness heard gunshots and saw a man in a silver Ford Mustang convertible speed off, he told WTVC’s Alyssa Spirato. The witness saw a man had been struck in the leg by a bullet.
The suspect had multiple weapons, the FBI said. The families of the victims have not been notified yet.
These blue markings indicate shell casings. No word on if someone was hit or extent of injuries. pic.twitter.com/F5lvmuxXty— Alyssa Spirato (@ASpiratoNC9) July 16, 2015
The injured police officer, identified as Dennis Pedigo, was shot in the ankle and taken to Erlanger Hospital, which has been placed on lockdown. He is listed as being in stable condition.
Other locations on lockdown include Chattanooga State Community College, Memorial hospital and Lee University. Elsewhere in the state, the governor’s residence has been locked down, while there is increased security at the state capitol building in Nashville.
VIDEO: Police patrolling parking lot of armed forces career center. pic.twitter.com/UL4aaSGp4Z— Stephanie Santostasi (@Stephanie_NC9) July 16, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security told WRCB that it has activated its Chattanooga Strike Team. Two DHS helicopters are en route, while other strike teams are on standby. The federal government is also sending troopers to high-traffic driver’s license centers statewide.
View from people in lockdown inside a business on Amnicola.. https://t.co/dYWuiECosq— Drew Bollea (@Drew_BolleaNC9) July 16, 2015
Hamilton County officials requested that the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency ask the Federal Aviation Administration to "put in a temporary flight restriction four miles" in each direction of site, TEMA spokesman Dean Flener told the Times Free Press.
The no-fly zone may affect flights out of Chattanooga Airport, WTVC reported.
"This is a very, very terrible situation," Berke told reporters earlier at City Hall, cutting off a press conference. "I'm very concerned about what's going on. We need to figure out how to handle it."
Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected— Andy Berke (@AndyBerke) July 16, 2015
Initial reports of a shooting at Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland, a suburb of Chattanooga, turned out to be false. The mall was placed on lockdown so police could sweep the area.