Chattanooga Gunman Had Called Out Sick To Employer This Week

Mug shot photo of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez and the sign of the company he worked for, Superior Essex Inc., in Franklyn, Tennessee. (Courtesy: WKRN)
Mug shot photo of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez and the sign of the company he worked for, Superior Essex Inc., in Franklyn, Tennessee. (Courtesy: WKRN)

Franklin, TN (WKRN) – Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who has been identified as the gunman in the Chattanooga, Tennessee shootings that happened Thursday, worked at Superior Essex Inc. in Franklin for three months.

The company sent an email to its employees Friday morning. “We were shocked and deeply saddened that a three month employee of our Company was the gunman of the tragic incident in Chattanooga. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims as well as those injured,” said the document.

Read the email from Superior Essex to employees

One employee told WKRN News 2 he called out sick both Monday and Tuesday. It wasn’t clear if he did the same Wednesday or Thursday.

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

The employee also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) showed up to the Franklin plant Thursday night and specifically questioned a man he commuted with to work regularly.

Agents with the FBI reportedly told supervisors they didn’t expect to find anything and were there as a precaution.

According to the company’s website, Superior Essex designs, manufactures, and supplies wire and cable products.

WKRN News 2 reached out to a manager who said he had “no comment”.

Authorities say Abdulazeez “unleashed a barrage of gunfire” in Chattanooga at two different military facilities, killing four Marines and injuring three others.

The investigation into the situation is being led by the FBI.

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