Washington: In a major shootout on US soil, a gunman has killed four United States Marines after opening fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, in the US state of Tennessee, officials said.
The suspect was identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a naturalised American born in Kuwait who was also killed in the incident on Thursday. Two others, a soldier and a police officer, were wounded, an official said.
The FBI said there was “no indication” that anyone else was involved in the shooting as law enforcement authorities investigated the motive for the attack.
The Department of Homeland Security was stepping up security at certain federal facilities “out of an abundance of caution” and supporting the FBI investigation, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. Chattanooga is a city of about 173,000 people along the Tennessee River in the southeast of the state.
The US Navy confirmed in a tweet early on Thursday afternoon that a shooting had taken place at a recruitment centre on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga. Shortly after, the Chattanooga Police Department said the situation had ended.