Cooper: Marine Corps report revelations strengthen need for carry policy

Two days after Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at the Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway, four crosses in memory of four service men killed by Abdulazeez at the U.S. Navy Operational Support Center are staked in the ground.

By Defense Department policy, no one was armed at the Marine Corps recruiting center on Lee Highway when Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez began shooting into the building on July 16.

If Marine personnel had been armed, they might have stopped the gunman from leaving the scene and eventually killing five servicemen at the Navy Operational Support Center off Amnicola Highway.

In doing so, they also would have been protecting a young girl and two potential recruits who were in the building, according to new information from a Marine Corps investigation of the incident uncovered by the Marine Corps Times.

When the shooting began, mere feet from where he sat with the recruits, Lance Cpl.