Chattanooga was rocked by brazen attacks on two military facilities on July 16, 2015, starting at 10:45 a.m. when a gunman unloaded dozens of rounds into a Lee Highway recruiting office. Within the next 30 minutes, he would race to a military facility on Amnicola Highway and engage police and members of the military in a dramatic firefight before falling in a hail of gunfire.
As shock at the deaths of four Marines and one sailor turned to grief, residents looked for answers. Who could have done such a thing? What could drive a man to commit such an act? Answers began to surface in the days after the assault, and a picture of the shooter, 24-year-old Chattanooga resident Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, began to emerge.