Chattanooga, Tennessee military facility shootings investigated as 'act of terrorism'

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-16 22:47:29-04

UPDATE: The shooting suspect was identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, an electrical engineer from Hixson, Tennessee. Abdulazeez was a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Kuwait, The Washington Post reports. He was scheduled to appear in court for a DUI charge on July 30.

Shootings at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be investigated as "acts of terrorism."

A gunman killed four Marines and injured three other people on Thursday morning. The suspect shot at the facilities from a vehicle, according to reports.

The gunman was also dead, and a motive is not known. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation Thursday afternoon.

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Berke said among those shot, one police officer was struck in the ankle, and has survived.

Chattanooga State Community College, Lee University, all state offices and a local hospital were all placed on lockdown during the active shooter situation, which began some time after 11 a.m. Eastern. Temporary flight restrictions were put in place through 6 p.m.

"Horrific incident in our community," Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke wrote on Twitter. "We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected."

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