US shootings: Four soldiers, attacker killed at military facility

Washington, Jul 17 (IANS): Four soldiers were shot dead by a gunman at US military offices in Chattanooga and Tennessee in an act of "domestic terrorism", authorities said. The lone attacker too was later gunned down.

The shooting incidents, which lasted for about 30 minutes, took place around 11 a.m. on Thursday at a National Guard office and a Naval Reserve centre about 10 km apart. The shooter reportedly shot while driving in an open-top Mustang, Xinhua news agency reported.

The shooter, identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, worked as a security guard for the Chattanooga's public works department, CBS News reported, although later reports said that it is his father who works there.

The network, citing sources with security agencies, said that Abdulazeez, who was killed in the second attack, was 24 years old and a US citizen of Kuwaiti descent.

It was an act of "domestic terrorism", said US District Attorney Bill Killian at a press conference. The four soldiers were killed at the Naval Reserve centre, according to Efe news agency.

A local police officer was among the three people injured. The shooter was gunned down by local law enforcement personnel, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that the agency was closely following the incident and its aftermath and is supporting the investigation, which is being headed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

"We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until we determine it was not," said Ed Reinhold, an FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, at a press conference. "We have not determined if it was an act of terrorism or a criminal act."

Reinhold added that the gunman, with "numerous weapons" on him, appeared to act alone, adding that the gunman did not work at the military facilities involved.

Assistant White House spokesman Eric Schultz said that President Barack Obama, who was on an official visit to Oklahoma, had been informed of the incidents by his national security team.

After receiving a briefing from FBI Director James B. Comey, Obama said: "We don't know yet all the details, but we know that it appears that a lone gunman carried out these attacks. We have identified a name."

"It is a heartbreaking circumstance," the president said, speaking at the White House after returning from Oklahoma, adding that a full investigation would be conducted into the incident.

Abdulazeez reportedly lived in Hixon, a small town on the outskirts of Chattanooga.


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  • Don, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    "domestic terrorism", said US District Attorney Bill Killian.

    My condolences to the bereaved family.

    Some people never change, if 9/11 was not a wake up call where over three thousand people died, then what will? Sadly the American people will only see many, many more attacks in the years to come, and it is going to be a while till they realise the true nature of these refugees from this particular part of the world.

    The West in general have opened their doors to people from all over the World, and tax payers and the government fully funded the needs of these families. But there is one group of people where they go problems seems to follow them. So once they are well settled and their children have grown up, it is pay back time for all the goodness that they have received for free over the years.

    Eid Mubarak America

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    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    ode pondal buddi budpujera. its good lesson to usa

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Fri, Jul 17 2015


    Don't worry too much about this..

    US Constitution came into effect in 1789...first 10 amendments to the constitution are called bill of rights...carrying arms is one amongst these bill of rights...

    So its fundamental right of any US citizen to have access to guns if he long as one has not committed any crimes...

    There is a association in US called National Rifle Association-NRA,,, very powerful...nobody can win an election without its always resists the attempts of Government to put any small restrictions on possession Guns..

    So common guys,,, learn to live with it...Eid Mubarak to Villnao 1...


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  • naveen, udupi

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    Ramachandra Shetty, Urwa
    yedde comment Shetre ..

    Vellano 1, Mumbai
    surely it is a Eid Mubarak to Mr.Obama.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    It is too shocking due to the fact that this medium-sized city of Chattanooga where I was landed forty five years back has been chosen as the most livable city in the U.S. last year. This has shaken us all, I am living only five miles away from the first shooting place.

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  • Manju, Turkey,Istanbul ,Istiklal

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    Huttu Guna Suttaru Hogalla.

    ಹುಟ್ಟು ಗುಣ ಸುಟ್ಟರೂ ಹೋಗೋಲ್ಲ.

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  • Ramchandra Shetty, Urwa

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    First of all why is USA giving citizenship to these terrorists?

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    Modi/RSS nerpunakulu, AHINDA brigade, patriots, Acche din naadunakulu.... Poora ode poyer, oriyanala suddi ijji! daane yee news bejaar korthunda? vhe vhe vhe

    eid Mubarak Obama! :)

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    "Barrack Obama - Eid Mubarak - Naara e takbir .. allahu akbar ...kaboom" - Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

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  • VM, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    Domestic terrorism! Connected to International terrorism?

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  • hans, udupi

    Fri, Jul 17 2015

    The name of the terrorist is Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. No more comments.

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