U.S. flag sales soar in Chattanooga after shooting

Billboards and bar stools give tribute to the fallen

Charlene Jacobs, right, kneels to pay her respects Monday while at the Lee Highway memorial set up for last Thursday's Chattanooga shooting victims.

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez bought ammunition from the Hixson Wal-Mart as recently as July 11 for the shooting rampage five days later that stunned Chattanooga and left five U.S. military personnel dead, FBI officials said.

U.S. flags have flown off the shelves since then at the Hixson Wal-Mart and other area stores, sold to residents who want to show their support for the fallen. Chattanooga-area businesses, meanwhile, also are flying flags, putting tributes on billboards and even setting aside empty bar stools to honor the victims.

"I'd say we're selling [U.S. flags] pretty good," said Amber Miller, Hixson Wal-Mart customer service manager. "I think we were out of them the other day. I've had people that day and since, they've approached me and asked me where the flags are."