(UPDATED BELOW POST)
A shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee has one police officer and two Marines shot, and possibly others. It’s currently an “active shooter” incident with authorities hunting down a male who started shooting at people after exiting a Mustang.
Authorities were investigating an “active shooter incident” Thursday at the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Fire Chief Randy Jackson said.
“Horrific incident in our community,” tweeted Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected.” He was not specific about the officer’s condition. “This is a very, very terrible situation and we need to go figure out how we can handle it,” he told reporters.
Jackson said paramedics were standing by but had not transported anyone at this time.
Meanwhile, a witness in Chattanooga told CNN that she saw a gunman fire shots at a building that houses military recruiting offices Thursday morning.
The witness, Gina Mule, said she was watching through a window from a restaurant where she works as a server. In an earlier account, she said she saw a man with “a high-powered rifle” fire multiple shots around 10:50 a.m. ET.
“I don’t know how many shots he fired, but it was a lot,” she said.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 16, 2015
UPDATE: TN Gov. Bill Haslam's residence shutdown temporarily as precaution. Dept of Homeland Security activating Chattanooga Strike Team
— WRCB-TV (@WRCB) July 16, 2015
We are closely monitoring the developing situation in Chattanooga, TN, w/ @USNavy & police. We will provide details as they are confirmed.
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) July 16, 2015
BREAKING: "Active shooter" incident at the naval reserve center in Chattanooga, one officer shot. pic.twitter.com/uy3HVTshiV
— The Truth Battalion (@TruthBattalion) July 16, 2015
More info as it comes in.
UPDATE: The shooter is DEAD!!
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 16, 2015
UPDATE 2 (TRS): There are FIVE shooting victims, one police officer and four Marines according to Fox News:
Even Shep, who was unwilling to say this was an attack on our military, is now suggesting that is what it looks like.
UPDATE: WDEF is reporting FOUR DEAD…
An unconfirmed report, from a source we trust:
4 dead in shooting, 1 marine critical, 1 police officer stable condition
The shooter is dead (not sure if included in the 4)
Here’s a photo of the glass in front of the recruiting station:
Also, note the ‘gun free zone’ sign on the glass (h/t SooperMexican).
UPDATE: More confirmation that sadly four victims are dead, five if you include the gunman:
— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeNews) July 16, 2015
UPDATE: FOX NEWS just reported that all four marines who were shot have died, via the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
UPDATE: Multiple sources indicate that four soldiers have been killed in a Chattanooga attack.
UPDATE: There was supposed to be a press conference at 2pm, but apparently the feds put a stop to it because they are taking over the investigation:
2:24 UPDATE Press conference squashed by Feds who are taking over the investigation. Still waiting on any official word on what happened.
UPDATE: Shep Smith explains what was learned from the press conference on the Chattanooga shooting. Here are the highlights:
1. There was one gunman who acted alone and is now dead and lived in the area
2. Four US Marines were shot and killed
3. A police officer was shot in the ankle and was taken to a hospital
4. Two others shot, but not life-threatening
5. The recruiting center was where the attack started, but only a superficial wound
6. Attacker went to Naval Reserves Ops Center and that’s where the four Marines were killed.
7. Per Fox News reporting, gunman was killed by police at Naval Center
UPDATE: CBS NEWS REPORTING NAME OF SHOOTER:
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said five people died in all, including the gunman. Two law enforcement sources told CBS News that the shooting suspect was identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
UPDATE: AP reports gunman may have been originally from Kuwait. Also his name may be spelled MOhammad and not MUhammad:
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.
UPDATE: Here’s a photo of the suspect’s car:
— Chris Conte (@NC5_ChrisConte) July 16, 2015
UPDATE: According to Breaking911, these are photos of the Chattanooga Shooter:
— Times Free Press (@TimesFreePress) July 16, 2015
UPDATE: Um…here’s a photo from the Times Free Press:
Multiple people who said they went to Red Bank High School with Abdulazeez sent the Times Free Press photos of what appears to be his senior picture and senior quote in the school’s yearbook.
“My name causes national security alerts,” the quote reads. “What does yours do?”