- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Marine who survived an attack at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga this summer says basic training and instinct helped him and others escape the shooter, the Marine Corps said in an investigative report.

The 41-page, heavily redacted report was released Monday and details what happened minutes after 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fired on unarmed Marines and others the morning of July 16, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported (https://bit.ly/1YLWuYy ). Military personnel are generally prohibited from carrying firearms at recruitment centers and bases.

Abdulazeez went on to attack a U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center, where he killed four Marines and a sailor. He died in a shootout with police.

The report said at least four of the Marines at the recruiting center had completed annual anti-terrorist training in November 2014, which included how to respond to an active shooter.

In an email included in the report, one Marine wrote that the anti-terrorism training wasn’t helpful during the attack, but rather, basic Marine training and instinct helped him and others escape.

“We all said kind of that the active shooter training that we received - it was just a class - it didn’t help in this situation,” U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Camden Meyer said. “But my Marine Corps training absolutely helped. Seek cover, get down, wait for the fire to stop or pause at least, and then you egress out the back.”

Meyer was at the recruiting center on the day of the attack and jumped on top of his 6-year-old daughter, who was also there, to shield her from the bullets.

“She wasn’t crying,” Meyer told the newspaper. “She didn’t really know what was going on.”

His daughter was unhurt.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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