Tragedy will not define us, our city will heal

Army Recruitment personnel stand outside the Recruitment Center on Lee Highway. Blue evidence markers show shell casings in the parking lot.

It was a tragic day in Chattanooga.

Four Marines died here yesterday, possibly at the hands of a terrorist.

They died in Chattanooga, Tenn., not in Beirut, not in Kabul, but in their military recruiting office off Amnicola Highway.

They died, reportedly, at the hands of a man who has lived here all or much of his life - Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Abdulazeez died from gunshot wounds while clashing with police.

There were two attacks on military centers in separate parts of Chattanooga on Thursday. Witnesses said a single shooter, a white man driving a silver Ford Mustang convertible, began firing shots at 10:45 a.m. at the Lee Highway Army Recruiting Center.