Report: TN Shooter Was ‘Different’ When He Came Back From Overseas

CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin reported that a friend of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the perpetrator of Thursday’s shooting in Chattanooga, TN, “became a different type of person” after he returned to the US from overseas on Friday’s broadcast of “The Lead.”

Griffin said, “We also just heard from a very longtime friend of Muhammad Abdulazeez, John. And he is telling us that something happened overseas, that when Abdulazeez came back, he distanced himself. He became a different type of person. There was some kind of a change going on there.”

He added, “The other thing that we have learned, which goes a little deeper into his past, is this idyllic family wasn’t so idyllic. Apparently, they had a real rough time in 2009. The mother filed for divorce claiming that the husband, Muhammad’s father, abused physically, mentally, and even sexually, her, beat the kids, even had filed for a temporary restraining order. That was all resolved within a month. But, there was an agreement reached at the end of that resolution that the father would agree not to hit the kids and that there would be some counseling going on. So, there were — there was trouble in the family back in 2009.”

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