A sailor wounded in the attack this past week on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., has died from his injuries, the U.S. Navy said Saturday.
Four Marines also died in Thursday’s attack, which authorities are treating as an “act of terrorism”.
The four Marines killed in the Chattanooga shooting rampage were medal winners and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps said Friday.
Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire at two military-related locations in Chattanooga on Thursday, shooting seven people in what officials are investigating as a terrorist attack.
Four Marines were also killed in the assault, along with the gunman.
The Navy named the sailor as Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith, a father of three daughters who had recently re-enlisted and transferred to Chattanooga.
Just days before the shootings in Tennessee, police arrested Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, after they say he plotted to bomb a university on behalf of ISIS to kill “sinful” college kids.
It was unusual for Abdulazeez to send such a link, said his friend, who had been asking Abdulazeez for job advice. “It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence”, the family said in a statement provided to the AP.
The 24-year-old Kuwait native was shot dead by police after Thursday’s shootings at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center in Chattanooga.
Abdulazeez’s family said it has been cooperating with investigators “and will continue to do so, as we understand there are many legitimate questions that need to be answered”.
“He told me that he had never seen it coming, and did not see any signs from his son that he would be that way and do something like that”. A fifth serviceman died from his wounds early Saturday. His family said in a statement on Friday night that he was “in good spirits”. “However, the FBI investigation into his activities while overseas and the nature and extent of his affiliation with FTOs (foreign terrorist organizations) is ongoing”. After his initial barrage, he led responding police officers on a high-speed chase down Amnicola Highway to a second military installation, where he opened fire again and was killed after a gun battle that one witness estimated lasted 20 minutes.
The representative said that Abdulazeez had owned guns for years, going back to when he was a child shooting at squirrels and targets, and called himself an “Arab redneck” or “Muslim redneck”.
“He learned a lot about the traditions and culture of the Middle East”, said the friend, adding that Abdulazeez was upset about Israeli bombing in Gaza in 2014 and Syrian civil war.
Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida National Guard recruiters to move from six storefront locations into armories until state officials can make security improvements, including possibly installing bulletproof glass or enhanced surveillance equipment.
“Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base”, Governor Abbott said in a statement.