The shooting that killed five U.S. military members in an Amnicola Highway reserve center Thursday was "an act of terrorism," the congressman who represents Chattanooga said.
"When an act of this magnitude takes place — a gunman going to two sites, opening fire, creating havoc, carnage, death at the level that he did, I deem that an act of terrorism," U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman, R-TN., said. "So those are my words."
On Thursday, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked a U.S. military recruiting office on Lee Highway and and a Navy-Marine operations center several miles away. Abdulazeez, 24, who was born in Kuwait and spent most of his life in Hixson, was killed at the second location in a confrontation with Chattanooga police, authorities said.
Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo was wounded and an unnamed military recruiter were wounded.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith and U.S. Marines Carson Holmquist, Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells and David Wyatt were killed in the attack.