Four U.S. Marines were killed and three others injured Thursday when a gunman attacked two U.S. military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The FBI has identified the gunman as as Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old native of Hixon, Tennessee. He is the son of Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 57-year-old originally from the Middle East. The Abdulazeez family home was raided by authorities on Thursday evening. Mohammad studied engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga. Family photos suggest he graduated in December 2012.
The U.S. Attorney in Tennessee said the incident is being investigated as “an act of domestic terrorism” by federal, state, and local officials. An Army recruiting center was hit first with more than a dozen gunshots. The same suspect is believed to have then traveled to a nearby Navy recruiting center and shot a police officer in the ankle. Abdulazeez was armed with multiple weapons and killed by police.
A twitter account connected to the Islamic terror group appears to have taken credit for the of bloodshed of Thursday’s deadly shooting, but appears to have been tweeted after the tragic event.