Gun­man kills four

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A 24- YEAR- OLD gun­man has opened fire at two US mil­i­tary cen­tres in Ten­nessee, killing four Marines, in a rampage US of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing as an act of “do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism”.

The gun­man — iden­ti­fied by the FBI as Mo­ham­mod Yous­suf Ab­du­lazeez — was shot dead in a fire­fight with po­lice. Three peo­ple were in­jured in yesterday’s at­tack — a po­lice of­fi­cer, a Marine Corps re­cruiter and a Navy sailor.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama asked Amer­i­cans to pray for the rel­a­tives of the vic­tims.

“It is a heart­break­ing cir­cum­stance for these in­di­vid­u­als who have served our coun­try with great val­our to be killed in this fash­ion,” Mr Obama said.

Bill Kil­lian, a US fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor in Ten­nessee, said the shoot­ings were be­ing treated as an “act of do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism”. But the FBI said it was pre­ma­ture to spec­u­late on the mo­tives of the shooter.

“We are look­ing at ev­ery pos­si­ble av­enue — whether it was ter­ror­ism, whether it was do­mes­tic, in­ter­na­tional, or whether it was a sim­ple crim­i­nal act,” FBI spe­cial agent Ed Rein­hold said.

Lit­tle is known about the shooter, with NBC News and CNN re­port­ing Ab­du­lazeez was a nat­u­ralised US citizen, orig­i­nally from Kuwait.

News net­work WRCB said Ab­du­lazeez grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee in 2012 with a de­gree in en­gi­neer­ing. A woman who at­tended Red Bank High School with Ab­du­lazeez said he was a quiet kid, but well liked.

In a blog post writ­ten on Mon­day, Ab­du­lazeez said Mus­lims should not let “the op­por­tu­nity to sub­mit to Al­lah … pass you by”, ac­cord­ing to the SITE In­tel­li­gence Group, which mon­i­tors ex­trem­ist ac­tiv­ity on so­cial media.

The Marine Corps con­firmed that all four vic­tims were killed at a Navy and Marine Corps Re­serve cen­tre in the late morn­ing. About 40 min­utes ear­lier, the gun­man opened fire at a re­cruit­ment cen­tre away.

Erica Wright saw the re­cruit­ing cen­tre shoot­ing through the win­dow of a nearby hair sa­lon.

“We saw a guy in a sil­ver Mus­tang just un­load­ing on the naval re­cruit­ing place.,” she told CNN

“We’re all shook up.”



ON ALERT: Po­lice sur­round a house and ( be­low)b ) de­ployp y near the e naval cen­tre while the gun­man, , Mo­ham­mod Yous­suf Abd bdu­lazeez ( be­low inset), was still on the loose.

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