- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s directed Arkansas National Guard officials to arm full-time military personnel in the wake of Thursday’s shootings at Navy and Marine reserve centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Hutchinson says in a statement Friday that he has told Arkansas Adjutant General Mark Berry to begin arming the personnel. One of the four marines killed in Thursday’s shootings, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, was from Russellville.

Hutchinson is calling for greater security at recruiting stations and military installations, calling them a clear target. He ordered the Arkansas flag flown at half-staff Monday.

Arkansas was the site of a 2009 shooting outside a Little Rock recruiting center by a self-proclaimed jihadist that left 23-year-old Pvt. William Long of Conway dead and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville severely wounded.


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