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CHATTANOOGA---A gunman unleashed a
barrage of gunfire at two military facilities
in Tennessee yesterday, killing at least
four Marines and wounding a soldier and
a police officer, officials said. The shooter
also was killed.
US Attorney Bill Killian said officials were
treating the attacks as an "act of domestic
terrorism," though FBI Special Agent in
Charge Ed Reinhold said authorities were
still investigating a motive.
"Today was a nightmare for the city of
Chattanooga," Mayor Andy Berke said.
A US official speaking on condition of
anonymity identified the gunman as 24-
year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez,
and said he was believed to have been born
in Kuwait, though it was unclear whether
he was a US or Kuwaiti citizen.
Within hours of the shootings, law
enforcement officers with guns drawn
swarmed what was believed to be Abdu-
lazeez's house, and two females were led
away in handcuffs.
The attacks took places minutes apart,
with the gunman stopping his car and open-
ing fire first at a military recruiting center,
then apparently driving to a nearby Navy-
Marine training center.
The Marine Corps said four Marines were
killed, and a fifth Marine was wounded in
the leg. A police officer was shot in the
ankle, Berke said.
In Washington, President Barack Obama
pledged a prompt and thorough investiga-
tion into the "heartbreaking" attack and
said the White House had been in touch
with the Pentagon to make sure military
installations are being vigilant.
Authorities gave no details on how the
gunman was killed. The FBI's Reinhold said
he had "numerous weapons" but would
not give details.
"Lives have been lost from some faithful
people who have been serving our country,
and I think I join all Tennesseans in being
both sickened and saddened by this," Gov
Bill Haslam said.
Sgt 1st Class Robert Dodge, who leads
US Army recruiting at the recruiting center,
estimated there were 30 to 50 shots fired.
He and his comrades got on the ground
and barricaded themselves in a safe place.
Law enforcement officials told recruiters
that the shooter was in a car, stopped in
front of the facility, shot at the building
and drove off, said Brian Lepley, a
spokesman with the US Army Recruiting
Within minutes, the shooter then opened
fire at the Navy Operational Support Center
and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chat-
Marilyn Hutcheson, who works across
the street, said she heard a barrage of gun-
"I couldn't even begin to tell you how
many," she said.
"It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow
pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew,
there were police cars coming from every
She ran inside, where she remained locked
down with other employees and a customer.
The gunfire continued with occasional
bursts she estimated for 20 minutes.
"If it was a grievance or terroristic related,
we just don't know," she said. (AP)
Gunman kills 4 at US army sites
GEORGETOWN---Heavy rains are flooding
major swaths of Guyana s coastal capital and
other low-lying areas.
Meteorologists say more than ten inches (25
centimeters) of rain has fallen on the South
American nation's capital of Georgetown in less
than 24 hours. More rain is forecast for today.
President David Granger called an emergency
Cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss measures
to drain the capital and other areas.
In drenched Georgetown, state buildings have
been transformed into emergency shelters. Res-
idents were also asked to avoid non-essential
travel. Private radio and television stations were
knocked off the air and the University of Guyana
Guyana is particularly prone to flooding
because much of its coastal plains are below
sea level. The capital is protected by an elaborate
system of canals, drains and seawalls. (AP)
CHARLESTON---A white man
charged with killing nine black
parishioners at a Charleston church
will stand trial next July, a judge ruled
during a brief hearing yesterday.
Circuit Judge JC Nicholson set a July
11, 2016, trial date for Dylann Roof, 21,
who faces multiple charges, including
nine counts of murder and three
counts of attempted murder
stemming from the June 17 shootings.
Roof sat quietly during the
proceedings in a gray-striped prison
jump suit in a courtroom crowded with
about 100 people.
He was presented copies of the
indictments and public defender
Ashley Pennington told the judge he
would not seek bond at this time
"based on the totality of the
The judge called Roof a flight risk,
noting he was arrested in Shelby,
North Carolina, about 250 miles away
(400 kilometres), the day after the
parishioners were shot to death during
a Bible study at Emanuel African
Methodist Episcopal Church. (AP)
2016 trial for Charleston murder suspect
Police officers enter the Armed Forces Career Center through a bullet-riddled door after a gunman opened fire on the building yesterday
in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Authorities say five people, including the gunman, were killed. AP PHOTO
CENTENNIAL, Colorado--- Jurors convicted
Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes yes-
terday in the chilling 2012 attack on defenseless
moviegoers at a midnight Batman premiere,
rejecting defense arguments that the former
graduate student was insane and driven to
murder by delusions.
The 27-year-old Holmes, who had been work-
ing toward his PhD in neuroscience, could get
the death penalty for
the massacre that left
12 people dead and
dozens of others
Jurors took about 13
hours over a day and a
half to review all 165
charges. The same
panel must now decide
whether Holmes should
pay with his life.
The verdict came almost three years after
Holmes, dressed head-to-toe in body armour,
slipped through the emergency exit of the dark-
ened theatre in suburban Denver and replaced
the Hollywood violence of the movie The Dark
Knight Rises with real human carnage.
His victims included two active-duty ser-
vicemen, a single mom, a man celebrating his
27th birthday and an aspiring broadcaster who
had survived a mall shooting in Toronto. Several
died shielding friends or loved ones.
The trial offered a rare glimpse into the mind
of a mass shooter, as most are killed by police,
kill themselves or plead guilty. (AP)
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