At least two Marines and one police officer got shot today at two military offices, a naval reserve center and an armed forces recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. CBS News reports that the suspect has been shot and killed, but as of now there is less certainty over the number of victims and their status. The police officer is in surgery with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bloomberg had an initial report on the shooting:
The suspect drove up to both locations in a Mustang, according to CBS News, and used a “high-powered” weapon to fire into both facilities. ABC News reported just a few moments ago that the Pentagon sees no connection to international terrorism … at this time, anyway. NBC also confirms that the shooter has been killed.
ABC News has live video coverage, and a press conference will begin shortly:
We’ll keep an eye out for any developments.
Update: The front page image comes from the Twitter account of Michael Ball:
Here's a picture of the recruiting center that was shot up. Friend on facebook took the pic pic.twitter.com/krOM7xwU6J
— Michael Ball (@Mike_Ball423) July 16, 2015
Note the “no firearms” sign on the door. (h/t: our good friend Chris Fields.)
Update: ABC reports that there were five wounded victims, but they do not have full information on their status or the locations where they were hit.
Update: This is bad news — CBS is reporting that four people are dead besides the shooter:
Update: @CBSNews confirms four people are dead including shooter in Chattanooga, three others injured.
— Local 8 News (@wvlt) July 16, 2015
Update: CNN says three dead besides the shooter:
Three reported dead in the Chattanooga shooting, official tells CNN. Gunman is also dead. http://t.co/0WPjzjyuAS
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 16, 2015
Update: The AP and CBS re-confirm that four Marines have been killed, plus the shooter.
Update: “We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism,” the mayor and others emphasize, but they will not immediately release any other information. Don’t read too much into that declaration — this attack fits a description of domestic terrorism even without any specific links to other groups or ideologies. They are also stressing that the threat level will not be raised, which sounds as if they believe this was a lone-wolf shooter.
Update: They’re now walking back the “domestic terrorism” tag:
US Attorney Bill Killian walking back his earlier "terrorism" remarks, now saying FBI will determine if Chattanooga shooting was terror act
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 16, 2015
Update: From CBS News:
JUST IN: Chattanooga, TN shooting suspect identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, law enforcement sources tell @CBSNews.
— CBSN (@CBSNLive) July 16, 2015
Let the speculation begin.
Update (AP): Uh oh.
Update (AP): Looks like that last tweet may have been based on bad information. Apparently it was tweeted awhile after the attack began.
Update (AP): You’ve got to be kidding.
— Christine Rousselle (@crousselle) July 16, 2015