- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 18, 2015

The sailor injured in the Chattanooga shooting earlier this week died of this wounds early Saturday morning, the Navy said in a statement.

The death of the Navy petty officer brings the total number of troops killed in Thursday’s incident to five, including four Marines who were killed at a Navy operational support center. The alleged shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was also shot and killed by a police officer.

Several news outlets identified the sailor as Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, but the Pentagon will not release a name until 24 hours after his next of kin has been notified.

Authorities responded to reports of 25 to 30 shots being fired at a military recruiting office in Chattanooga on Thursday morning, where the sailor who died was shot. Police then chased the shooter about 7 miles to the Navy operational support center, where an officer shot and killed Mr. Abdulazeez after he killed four Marines.

The four Marines killed in the attack were identified Friday as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Lace Cpl. Squire Wells.

Two other people were wounded in the attack, a Chattanooga police officer and another Marine who was treated and released from the hospital the day of the attack.

In the wake of the attack, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called for military officials to look at ways to make bases more secure and asked for the results of the review to be submitted by July 24.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill also said the shooting rampage showed the need for better security at military facilities, especially in recruiting centers which are often in strip malls and not on a military base. Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, said he was introducing a bill to allow troops to carry personal firearms for protection on base and leaders of the negotiations on this year’s defense policy bill said the legislation would address troops carrying weapons on base.

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