A police officer and four marines, in Chattanooga, Tennessee were shot on Thursday at two different military facilities. The police are calling it an ‘act of domestic terrorism.”
The police officer shot is said to be in stable condition. In total, 5 people are dead including the shooter and three others are injured.
The shooter is believed to be local to the Chattanooga area. He is described as white and was armed with multiple weapons.
Gunshots were fired at a military recruiting center and a Navy Reserve center in different parts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, late Thursday morning, officials and witnesses said.
The shooting incident began on the U.S. Naval Recruiting on Lee Highway in Chattanooga ended at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amincola Highway Thursday morning about 11:00 a.m., WRCB TV reports.
Blood Assurance has send multiple units of blood to Erlanger; requesting donations to add those who’ve been injured, shot. The line is growing as people help those in need.
The Department of Homeland Security has activated their Chattanooga Strike Team, other district strike teams have been put on standby.
Tennesse Gov. Bill Haslam’s residence was shutdown temporarily, but has since re-oepned. Additional security is in place at the Tennessee Capitol, and THP troopers are in place around the complex.
Roads around both areas are closed to traffic as the investigation continues.
“I looked out of our window and I seen the guy in his car, a silver Mustang, drop top, a white guy and he had a high-powered rifle and was just firing shots into the Air Force, Navy and Marines office,” Gina Mule told CNN. “I don’t even know how many shots he fired, but it was a lot. … After he got done opening fire, he pulled out really quick.”
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Abdulazeez is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Kuwait.
The FBI and ATF will be investigating.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker said in a statement:
“I am heartbroken by the tragic shootings that have taken place today in my hometown,” said Corker. “We have been in touch with federal, state and local officials and continue to monitor developments and have offered our assistance. This is a difficult day for Tennesseans and our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy.”
Corker served as mayor of Chattanooga from 2001-2005.
President Obama has been briefed about the shooting.
Prayer vigils will take place this evening.
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