Report: Man Opens Fire on TN Navy Reserve Center, One Officer Down


UPDATE (4:19 PM EST): The suspect has been named. According to the Associated Press:

A U.S. official says the gunman in the shootings in Tennessee has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

He was believed to have been born in Kuwait, and it was unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing, sensitive investigation. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman’s first name was spelled Muhammad or Mohammad.

He is from Hixson, Tennessee, which is just a few miles across the river from Chattanooga.

Authorities and officials say the gunman killed four Marines and wounded a police officer and others in two attacks on military facilities. The gunman was also dead.

UPDATE 2:20 pm EST — Tennessee Governor’s residence in Nashville placed on lockdown.

WSMV is reporting that the Tennessee Governor’s “residence in Nashville has been placed on lockdown in response” to the shootings in Chattanooga “that injured 4 Marines and one police officer.” Extra security has been added to “the War Memorial and the Tennessee Capitol complex” as well.

Moreover, Navy recruiting offices throughout Middle TN “have told their employees to go home for the day.”

Update: Fox News is reporting that the four Marines who were shot in the attack on Chattanooga’s “Naval Reserves Operations Center on Amnicola Highway” are dead.

The gunman believed to be behind the shootings is also reported dead. Reuters reported the gunman’s death but no information on the gunman has been released.

UPDATE 1:45 pm EST: Chattanooga police tweet “Active Shooting Incident Is Over.”

WSMV reports a total of five people were shot–“One police officer and four Marines.” The officer is reportedly in “stable” condition, no word on the condition of the Marines.

A press conference with more details expected within the hour.

On July 16, a man with a rifle allegedly opened fire on a Navy Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Early reports are of one officer down, with no word on his condition.

CNN reports that one witness said, “She saw a man fire shots at a building that houses military recruiting offices.” The witness said she was in a nearby restaurant when “She heard loud noises” and looked through the restaurant’s front window to the see the man allegedly shooting at the Navy center.

A second witness who works at a nearby hair salon confirmed seeing the attack on the Navy center as well.

Shortly after news of the attack broke, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tweeted: “Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected.”

ABC News reports that no suspects have been apprehended, and there is a possibility that a second attack took place in which a shooter opened fire on law enforcement officers from inside his car.

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