Sailor Injured in Chattanooga Shooting Rampage Dies

July 18, 2015 9:06 AM
Undated photo of Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26.
Undated photo of Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26.

The sailor injured in Thursday’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn. died early Saturday morning, according to a statement from the Navy.

“A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m.,” read the Saturday morning statement.

The service did not identify the sailor, but several press reports identified him as Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26.

Paula Proxmire, Smith’s mother, told the Tribune News Service her son was “a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy” and “suffered three gunshot wounds during the incident in Chattanooga,” read the report.

According to reports, Smith was married with children.

The death of Smith brings the total dead from the half-hour shooting to six, including four Marines and the alleged shooter, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

On Friday, the Marine Corps identified Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Lance Cpl. Squire Wells has the four Marines who were killed on Thursday.

Abdulazeez was killed by local authorities responding to the shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center.

An ongoing FBI investigation is looking into Abdulazeez’ motive in the shooting of the support center and a nearby joint recruiting office.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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