The shooting that killed five U.S. military members at 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 Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said. "So those are my words."
On Thursday, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked a U.S. military recruiting office on Lee Highway and a Navy-Marine operations center several miles away. He killed five members of the U.S. military.
FBI officials said the agency is investigating the attack as an act of terrorism.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, has said the shooting spree was "ISIS-inspired." McCaul also said the FBI is trying to determine if Abdulazeez was involved with ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.
On Monday, a Tennessee lawmaker long critical of Islam is charging "most" top state officials have "skirted around the issues of security from terrorism in Tennessee."
Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, who once sponsored a bill that, as originally introduced, would have outlawed Shariah law, said in a statement that "we can no longer ignore the security implications hidden" in various issues such as immigration, refugee resettlement and the Obama administration's blind eye to burgeoning illegal immigrant traffic and more.
Matheny called Abdulazeez a jihadi.
He pointed to a bill he passed this year, saying it enables Tennessee victims of terrorism to seek compensation from perpetrators of terrorist acts or their collaborators.
Staff writer Alison Gerber contributed to this story.
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