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UPDATED: Four Marines Dead in Chattanooga Shooting, Three Injured

Law enforcement officials outside of Naval Operations Support Center Chattanooga.

Law enforcement officials outside of Naval Operations Support Center Chattanooga.

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Four Marines were killed and three others — including a police officer — were injured in a series of Thursday shootings at a Navy support center and a joint recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tenn., the U.S. Marines annouced on Thursday.

“The Marine Corps can confirm four Marine fatalities today at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. Names of these Marines will be released upon notification of the next of kin,” read the statement.
“We can also confirm one Marine Corps recruiter sustained a wound to the leg while working at the Chattanooga recruiting office. The recruiter was treated at a local hospital and has been released.”

The suspected lone shooter is believed to be dead following the two incidents that began about 11:45 A.M. EST and lasted for about 30 minutes.

The four Marines were killed at the Naval Operations Support Center Chattanooga, which primarily serves members of the Navy Reserve in the region, on the second stop in the spree.

The Marine Corps can confirm four Marine fatalities at the Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. Names…

Posted by U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Several news agencies identified the shooter as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. The FBI and local authorities are continuing to investigate the incident and have not ruled out any motivation for the shootings.

“We have not determined whether it was an act of terrorism or if it was a criminal act, FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold said during a Thursday press conference.

The suspected shooter was killed by authorities who “actively and enthusiastically engaged this brazen criminal,” said Chattanooga police chief Fred Fletcher.

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  • magic3400

    Rest Easy, Marines.
    My sincere condolences to your family and friends.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas

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  • Claudio Alpaca

    My condolences for the families of fallens, my whissess to the injured. claudio alpaca

  • Tony Shahnami

    May good Lord bless them and their families in their tough times. They are in better place.
    Their souls are filled with pride , joy and serve the country.
    TS

    • publius_maximus_III

      Last stanza of the Marine’s Hymn:

      If the Army and the Navy
      Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
      They will find the streets are guarded
      By United States Marines.

  • Bill

    This killer was born in Kuwait the year our country liberated his country from Saddam’s invasion. What the heck was he taught growing up?

    And tell me again why our military can’t be armed for self defense – at least the officers and NCO’s with M9 pistols.

    • Ctrot

      “Gun Free Zone”

      • Bill

        Yes. “In Sign We Trust”

  • RobM1981

    God bless them and their families.

    And I ask for God’s justice on those who insist that US Servicemen cannot be armed, even though they are under constant threat of attack.

  • Islamic terrorist has announced they will kill all military personnel. All military personnel should be carrying concealed guns at all times. This is the best way to stop these devils before they murder our military personnel. I would want to have protection to defend myself and my friends.

    • publius_maximus_III

      Islamic Terrorist — there now, that’s not so hard to say is it, Mr. President? Islamic Terrorist. Who do you think this country’s military has been fighting against ever since 911? The Girl Scouts? No, Islamic Terrorists.

      • Ruckweiler

        publius:
        The Idiot-in-Chief is unconcerned about these deaths.

  • gunnerv1

    “The suspected shooter was killed by authorities who “actively and enthusiastically engaged this brazen criminal,” said Chattanooga police chief Fred Fletcher.

    In other words The POS looks like a piece of Swiss Cheese and deservedly so! I have lowered my Flags to Half Staff. (I wonder if our President is going to address this situation like he did the for the woman in San Francisco? (NOT)).

  • Antiobamunist

    Funny how it took Trump’s Comments to shame the Dear Leader enough so he would order the Flag be flown at Half Staff for the five Brave American Military Men murdered by the ISIS (JV Team) inspired Jihadist.
    It only took Obama a week to make it happen.
    When Mandela died, the Dear Leader ordered U.S. Flags to be flown at Half Staff.
    Yes, Mandela the former President of South Africa and former Terrorist.
    What a guy.