- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The FBI says the gunman who opened fire on two military facilities in Chattanooga had at least two long guns and one handgun, and some of the purchases were legal and some were not.

FBI agent Ed Reinhold did not go into specifics about the weapons at a news conference Friday. He said investigators were also looking at all of his overseas travel.

The gunman opened fire Thursday at a Marine-Navy reserve facility, killing four Marines. The FBI says he was wearing a load-bearing vest that allowed him to move about while carrying additional ammunition while he moved about.


3:20 p.m.

The police chief in Chattanooga says officers in the city dragged a wounded colleague to safety during a gunfight with the man who killed four Marines in an attack on two military sites.

Chief Fred Fletcher called the officers heroes for their actions and said Thursday during a news conference that their actions prevented an additional loss of life.

The gunman, who also died in the attack, has been identified by authorities as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.


3:15 p.m.

The U.S. Attorney in eastern Tennessee says the attacks on two military facilities in Tennessee is being treated as a terrorism investigation.

Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Tennessee, said Thursday that the probe is being led by the FBI. Killian says investigators will “let the facts and the evidence lead us where it may.”

Four Marines were killed in the attacks. The gunman has been identified by authorities as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.


2:15 p.m.

A relative says the man accused of killing four Marines in Tennessee has family in the West Bank and that he visited Jordan last year.

The relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person feared repercussions, says Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a “nice, educated guy.” Abdulazeez met the relative for the first time during his visit to Jordan last year, and the two spoke for about an hour. During that time, the relative saw no hints of violence.

The relative says his parents are both from the West Bank.

The relative says the family are mainstream Muslims, not fundamentalists. The person says “they fast, they pray and that is it.”


Areej Hazboun in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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