Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN)A once devoted, disciplined mixed martial arts fighter. A top student known for smarts, charm and humor. A devout Muslim, who kept in touch with his roots in the Middle East.
That’s how a former coach and classmates describe Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who shot dead four U.S. Marines and wounded three more people in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, then died in police gunfire.
People who knew him were stunned to hear that he was the man who sprayed a military recruiting center at a strip mall with bullets then drove seven miles to assault a Navy Operational Support Center.
The FBI hasn’t released much information on Abdulazeez and says it doesn’t yet know for sure what motivated the bloodshed, but it is working on an assumption. “We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until it can be determined that it is not,” said FBI special agent Edward Reinhold.