Motive for deadly Chattanooga attack still unknown

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities investigating the shooting in Chattanooga that left four Marines dead Thursday said they have not yet discovered the motive of alleged shooter Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez.

FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold was joined by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Police Chief Fred Fletcher, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., at a press conference late Thursday night to give an update on the investigation.

Three military personnel were injured in the attack along with one police officer who was released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Reinhold said the FBI and local authorities are still in the very early stages of the investigation, examining three crime scenes and pursuing more information.

“We have no idea at this point what his motivation was behind this shooting,” said Reinhold.

He also said the FBI has not uncovered any ties between Abdulazeez and any international terrorist organizations at this stage of the investigation.

“There is no indication anyone else was involved,” said Reinhold.

It’s believed Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, Tennessee, worked at Superior Essex Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee for at least the past three months.

The FBI reiterated the women seen being handcuffed outside Abdulazeez’s Hixson home were not arrested. They were only handcuffed due to protocol because investigators were searching the house for evidence.

Investigators will not disclose the names of the Marines killed in the shooting. It is the responsibility of the Department of Defense to disclose the identities of the Marines.

The Chattanooga Police Department has also requested no one release the name of the officer injured in the attack in respect of his privacy.

“He’s doing as well as can be expected after being shot by a brazen criminal,” CPD Chief Fletcher said of the injured officer.

Abdulazeez had several weapons with him but the Reinhold said they do not believe there is any lingering danger to the public.

Haslam said now is a time for the city to heal.

“Chattanooga is a great city with a broken heart,” he said.

“Our nation mourns the loss, the senseless loss, of four of our nation’s heroes,” echoed Corker.

The FBI has asked anyone with information regarding the attack to call 865-602-7582.

A press conference is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. EST.


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