CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities (all times local):
The second Marine killed in the attacks in Chattanooga has been identified as Skip Wells, who was from metro Atlanta and in his early 20s.
Family friend Andy Kingery, who is acting as a family spokesman, said a Marine Corps notification team delivered the news to the family Thursday.
The mother was watching news coverage when the team arrived.
He had recently left Atlanta for what was supposed to be a three-week commitment. Kingery was unsure of his rank or the specifics of his job.
He attended Georgia Southern University for about a year but decided to enter the Marine Corps. Kingery says he believes Wells “died doing what he wanted to do and had chosen to do.”
The mayor’s office in Springfield, Massachusetts, says one of the Marines killed in Tennessee grew up in the city.
Mayor Dominic Sarno identified the Marine as Sgt. Thomas Sullivan.
Sarno says in a statement that Sullivan’s death is “is a tragic loss not just for the Springfield community but for our entire nation.”
Masslive.com reports that the 40-year-old Sullivan’s family now lives in the nearby community of Hampden.
Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered U.S. and state flags on public buildings in Massachusetts to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the four Marines killed Thursday in Tennessee.
Baker said on Facebook: “God Bless Tom Sullivan and his family and friends.”
Authorities say a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer killed the Marines at two military facilities in Chattanooga. He was shot and killed by police.
The Army’s top officer says security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed, but it’s too early to say whether the facilities should have security guards or other increased protection.
Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, told reporters Friday that arming troops in those offices could cause more problems than it might solve.
Odierno said there are legal issues involved in allowing troops at the centers to carry guns. He says those forces will always be a bit vulnerable because the centers need to be open and accessible to the public.
A notice went out Thursday to Army locations reminding them of protection measures.
A gunman shot and killed four Marines at a Chattanooga reserve center Thursday.
A property manager who worked across the street from one of the shooting sites in Chattanooga says the full realization of what happened has hit him the day after the attacks.
Keith Wheatley, who works near the recruiting center that was hit by a barrage of shots, said the parking lot is full of flowers and flags and mementos. Cars are driving slowly to gawk at the devastated storefront. It’s somber, he said.
“They call this domestic terrorism,” said Wheatley, who was also a Marine and served in Hawaii in the 1970s. “But terrorism is terrorism, no matter where it is. This has come to our shores and our hometowns and our cities. And I’m pretty sure it’s here to stay.”
An Air Force recruiter told him he was standing in his office when a TV just to his right exploded and the wall just to his left ripped open. He wasn’t injured, Wheatley said, “by the grace of God.”
A federal law enforcement official says authorities are continuing to search the computer belonging to the gunman who killed four Marines in Chattanooga, but as of Friday morning, haven’t found an extensive online presence.
The official says they also haven’t uncovered evidence suggesting Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was directly inspired by the Islamic State militant group. But the official says the review is continuing.
The official, who asked not to be identified, did not mention any other terrorist-related groups. The official insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly since the investigation is still in progress.
Authorities say Abdulazeez opened fire Thursday at a military recruiting center and another military site before his own death.
The 24-year-old man who authorities say attacked two military facilities Thursday in Chattanooga and killed four Marines is believed to have been arrested for drunken driving in April.
A booking report and mug shot from Hamilton County shows a Mohammad Youssduf Adulazeer was charged with first offense drunken driving on April 20 and arrested by the Chattanooga Housing Authority. His age and address match the suspect of the man authorities say attacked the military facilities, though the spelling of his name is slightly different from Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Federal authorities and public records have given several spellings of the name.
The online booking report doesn’t give the status of the case, saying only that he was charged.
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