Report: 2 Service Members Shot at Gunman in Chattanooga

Authorities recount details of the assault
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2015 6:06 PM CDT
The glass window of the Armed Forces Career Center is riddled with bullet holes in Chattanooga.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – When Muhammad Abdulazeez began his assault on the second military site in Chattanooga, two service members—a Navy officer and a Marine—opened fire on him, reports the Navy Times. It's not clear whether either hit Abdulazeez or why either was armed in apparent violation of policy, says the newspaper, which adds that the Pentagon is investigating. Meanwhile, the FBI today provided the most detailed account to date of the attack on the naval reserve center that left five service members dead. It began when Abdulazeez smashed his car through the center's gate and exchanged gunfire with a service member, reports the Washington Post. The latter fired several rounds but was unable to stop Abdulazeez, reports NBC News.

After entering the building, he fatally shot one victim inside and killed four others outside as they were trying to climb a fence from the motor pool area. Amid the chaos, two service members "attempted to provide cover" and help others escape, says the FBI's Ed Reinhold. “The legacy that day is one of valor,” says Maj. Gen. Paul Brier, commander of the 4th Marine Division. “I can tell you that our Marines reacted the way you would expect. Some willingly ran back into the fight.” The AP says Abdulazeez tried to run back into the building after shooting the victims outside but was confronted and killed by Chattanooga officers who had been pursuing him since his first assault a few miles away. (Armed citizens are turning up to provide protection at recruitment centers.)

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