Coming up next: “Muslims fear a backlash against the Islamic community in Tennessee.”
OK, so I made that tagline up. But if headlines like that aren’t out there already, watch for them — they’ll be appearing soon.
When the breaking news from Chattanooga came over the wire this afternoon, Vlad and I discussed it on skype. Based on this story from The Washington Post, I maintained that it was absolutely certain that the killer of the four Marines was a Muslim:
“We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until we determine it was not,” he said. He added: “We have not determined if it was an act of terrorism or a criminal act.”
Reinhold said that the shooting appeared to be the work of a lone gunman.
The shooting is being viewed as “an act of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said. However, Killian said the investigation would bear out precisely what kind of crime this was, cautioning people not to get caught up in the label.
A senior FBI official said the shooting did not appear to be related to any larger terrorist group.
As I said to Vlad at 3:30: “If the shooter were black, they would have said ‘possibly gang-related’ or something similar. If it were ‘right wing’ terrorism they would have named the shooter and the group instantly. When they say it’s not related to a larger terrorist group, that means it’s a ‘lone wolf’ Muslim. All the coded signals are in there; I’d bet money at this point. I’d also bet he was ‘radicalized on the Internet’, and a member of the ISIS fan club.”
4 Marines killed, police officer shot in “act of domestic terrorism”
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – UPDATE: The Chattanooga shooting suspect has been identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kuwait.
Four U.S. marines were killed Thursday by a gunman in Chattanooga. Mayor Andy Berke confirmed the fatalities in an afternoon news conference.
A Chattanooga police officer, identified as Dennis Pedigo was wounded, and is said to be in stable condition.
Berke called the shooting a “nightmare for Chattanooga.”
The lone gunman was killed, officials said.
The shooting started at 10:45am and ended within 30 minutes.
The U.S. Attorney Bill Killian called the shooting an “act of domestic terrorism” and pledged the resources of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for the investigation.
Other military installations in the state have been notified and are on alert, but not locked down.
The FBI has not yet determined a motive for the shooting, saying that they will use any and all means to investigate the shooter.
The gunman fired 25 to 30 rounds at a military recruitment facility, a U.S. military official said. The gunman then drove about six miles to a Navy and Marines reserve center and opened fire there, officials said.
The shooting incident began on the U.S. Naval Recruiting offices on Lee Highway in Chattanooga ended at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway Thursday morning about 11am.
A Chattanooga police officer was shot, according to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Both Berke and CPD Chief Fred Fletcher visited the shooting scene and went to the hospital to check on the officer.
Breitbart has more:
Report: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, Alleged Tennessee Killer, Is Kuwaiti UT Chattanooga Grad
Abdulazeez, who was killed by police during the shootings, is from Hixson, Tennessee, where he owns property appraised at $206,100. According to the Times Free Press:
A single shooter, described by witnesses as a white man driving a silver Ford Mustang convertible, began firing shots at 10:45 am at the Lee Highway recruiting center, then led police on a chase to the Amnicola Highway location, where further shots were fired.
A U.S. official says the gunman in the shootings in Tennessee has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, according to the Associated Press.
He was believed to have been born in Kuwait, and it was unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing, sensitive investigation. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman’s first name was spelled Muhammad or Mohammad.
A man named Youssuf Abdulazeez attended UTC, spokesman Chuck Cantrell said, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in engineering.
Abdulazeez is from Hixson, Tennessee, which is just a few miles across the river from Chattanooga.
Police in Hixson kicked a reporter out of the neighborhood that contained a house apparently owned by Abdulazeez. The reporter saw a SWAT team and FBI agents staging at a nearby strip mall. The house, which Hamilton County records is owned by Youssuf S. Abdulazeez, is appraised at $206,100 by the Hamilton County Assessor of Property.
In other words, the Mohammed Atta profile. Rich, well-educated, engineering, etc. Where are the “root causes”?
Now comes the elusive backlash…