Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga gunman who attacked service personnel at two military installations on July 16, did not have alcohol in his system when police charged him with DUI three months earlier, according to a toxicology report obtained by the Times Free Press.
Abdulazeez, whose July rampage resulted in five deaths, tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the report. No other drugs were detected in his blood, which was collected April 20 around 4 a.m.
His post-shooting blood chemistry results are not yet available.
A Chattanooga police officer followed Abdulazeez earlier that April morning as he swerved across Market Street, driving under the speed limit and stopping at green lights. The officer flashed his lights as the 24-year-old turned onto the Highway 27 on-ramp around 2 a.m.
Abdulazeez was lethargic during conversation, and his eyes bloodshot and watery as he slurred his speech, according to an affidavit. The officer also smelled alcohol and burnt marijuana and ordered Abdulazeez out of the car, according to police records.
When the officer questioned him about a white powder around his nose, Abdulazeez explained it was caffeine pills he had crushed and snorted. After performing poorly on a field sobriety test, he was taken into custody.
Chattanooga Police Department officials and FBI spokeswoman Joyce McCants declined to speak about the lab results Friday afternoon. A representative for the Abdulazeez family was also unavailable for comment.
Friends said Abdulazeez had changed after returning from Jordan in 2014. Although described as not strongly religious before, in the months leading up to the attack he fasted, prayed and went to a mosque when he saw his family during holy month of Ramadan. In two blog posts written three days before the shootings, he encouraged his brothers and sisters to follow Allah's way.
Around this time, Abdulazeez was taking sleeping pills to rest for his late-night job and painkillers for a back injury, which he mixed with opiates, marijuana and alcohol, the family representative previously said.
With his July 30 court date approaching, and some of his family members just learning of the charges, he googled "martyrdom," the family representative said. He left home two days before opening fire on a military installation on Lee Highway. He told his parents he was heading to a work trip. Instead, he rented a silver Mustang and went on a drug and alcohol bender, the family representative said friends told the FBI.
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