PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE)- One of the victims of Thursday’s mass shooting at a pair of Chattanooga, Tennessee military centers was originally from Paulding, Ohio.
Randall Smith was one of the two service members wounded in the barrage of gunfire from 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez that claimed the lives of four Marines in two separate shootings Thursday morning, according to a story posted on the web site of KWCH Eyewitness News 12, the CBS affiliate in Wichita, Kansas. Smith was serving in Chattanooga as a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy at the time of the shooting. The article indicated his mother now lives in Delphos, Kansas, which is how the station learned of his identity.
Abdulazeez, a Kuwait-born engineer, was killed after spraying dozens of bullets first at a military recruiting center then a Navy-Marine training center seven miles away. The attacks were over within a half-hour.
Newschannel 15 has a crew in Cecil, Ohio, where Smith’s family currently resides to speak with his step-grandmother.