What we know about the Chattanooga shooter

What we know about the Chattanooga shooter

Everything we know about the man responsible for killing four Chattanooga Marines

July 16th, 2015 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was booked as Mohammad Youssduf Adbulazeer

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An undated photo of Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, provided by one of his former fighting coachces.

An undated photo of Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, provided...

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Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was booked as Mohammad Youssduf Adbulazeer

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was booked as Mohammad Youssduf...

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Multiple people who said they went to Red Bank High School with Mohammad Youssef 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?"

Multiple people who said they went to Red...

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The gunman in the Chattanooga military installation shooting has been identified as 24-year-old Mohammad 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 who gave his identify 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.

Abdulazeez is from Hixson, Tennessee, which is just a few miles across the river from Chattanooga. He was booked for a DUI in April 2015.

Police in Hixson kicked a reporter out of the neighborhood that contained a house apparently owned by Abdulazeez. The reporter saw a SWAT team and FBI agents staging at a nearby strip mall. The house, which Hamilton County records is owned by Youssuf S. Abdulazeez, is appraised at $206,100 by the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. 

Police led two females out of the house in handcuffs, according to the Associated Press. 

Abdulazeez allegedly killed four Marines and shot one police officer in the attack at Amnicola Highway. A soldier and a police officer were wounded in the attack, according to the Associated Press. Dennis Pedigo, a Chattanooga police officer, is in stable condition. 

Abdulazeez's father, Youssuf Abdullazeez, was appointed as a "special policeman" for Chattanooga's Department of Public Works in March 2005. 

A man named Youssuf Abdulazeez attended UTC, spokesman Chuck Cantrell said, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in engineering. 

A woman who attended Red Bank High School with Abdulazeez said he was a quiet kid, but well-liked. 

"He was friendly, funny, kind," said Kagan Wagner. "I never would have thought it would would be him."

She added that their whole family seemed normal. 

"They were your average Chattanooga family," she said. 

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?" 

Ryan Smith, who wrestled with Andulazeez at Red Bank High School, said he was a "swell guy."

"He was an unbelievable nice person," Smith said. "He was honestly one of the funniest guys I've ever met."

Smith said that Abdulazeez was very religious, and that he would argue "back and forth" with the boys' high school wrestling coach during fasting rituals. 

"His whole family was really religious," Smith said. "His family, they all wore the drapes and stuff, all the women in his family wore the little hoods."

Andulazeez became an mixed martial artist after high school, Smith said. Smith did not know what motivated his former friend to attack the military installations in Chattanooga. 

"You've got to make good decisions, and he didn't make a good decision," Smith said. 

 

 

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