FBI: Chattanooga attack ‘inspired by terrorist organization propaganda’

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was arrested on April 21, 2015 in Hamilton County, Tennessee, for driving under the influence. (Courtesy: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The FBI has revealed new details about the mass shooting earlier this year at a Chattanooga Navy reserve facility.

According to our sister station WKRN News 2, the FBI’s Knoxville field office confirmed media reports that FBI Director James Comey said the July attack was “inspired by terrorist organization propaganda.”

The Lee Highway Armed Forces Recruiting Station was the first place gunman Mohammad Abdulazeez opened fire upon before going to the Navy Operations Support Center on Amnicola Highway, where the five servicemen were killed.

The victims were identified as Randall Smith, Skip Wells, Thomas Sullivan, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and David Wyatt.

Comey had previously said that a motive in the Chattanooga shooting may never be released during a November visit to Nashville.

“We’re still trying to make sure we understand Abdulazeez, his motivations and associations, in a really good way,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters during a visit to Nashville’s FBI field office on Friday.

This post originally appeared on WKRN.com.

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