BLOG: 4 Marines dead, shooter killed after opening fire on 2 military centers in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Authorities are investigating shootings that happened Thursday morning at two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  There are two scenes, the first on Lee Highway and the second on Amnicola Highway.  In all, four Marines were killed, a police officer was shot in the leg and others were wounded as well.

The shooter died at the second scene, but it’s not clear if he was shot or if he took his own life.

We posted updates in this blog below as the events unfolded earlier.

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“Horrific incident in our community,” tweeted Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected.” He was not specific about the officer’s condition. “This is a very, very terrible situation and we need to go figure out how we can handle it,” he told reporters.

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A witness in Chattanooga told CNN that she saw a gunman fire shots at a building that houses military recruiting offices Thursday morning.

The witness, Gina Mule, said she was watching through a window from a restaurant where she works as a server. In an earlier account, she said she saw a man with “a high-powered rifle” fire multiple shots around 10:50 a.m. ET.

“I don’t know how many shots he fired, but it was a lot,” she said.

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Photos posted on Twitter by media outlets showed police blocking a road and a large number of patrol cars.

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Chattanooga State University asked people on its main campus to stay inside because of a “confirmed shooting,” the school said on Twitter.

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The U.S. Navy first said there was “no shooting” at the reserve center on its <a href=”; target=”_blank”>twitter account</a>, but has since corrected the initial tweet.

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Members of the media have gathered at the Police Training Center in Chattanooga. Police there say this is no longer an active shooter situation, but there is still some kind of search going on right now.

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Witnesses say a man drove his silver Mustang in front of the recruiting center, stopped and pulled out a large gun before opening fire on the building.

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There have been conflicting reports, but police confirm there 4 Marines and 1 police officer were shot

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We are awaiting a news conference with Chattanooga Police to learn more about the shooting.

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WDEF/Chattanooga reporting officer and 1 Marine in stable condition, 4 others dead. Shooter reported to be among the dead.

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Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) took to the Senate floor to express his thoughts on the Chattanooga shooting

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News conference should start shortly – we’ll continue to carry WDEF/Chattanooga’s live coverage above.

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The FBI and TBI are both assisting in the investigation

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We are still awaiting the news conference, but police say the shooting took place at two military facilities. It’s still not yet clear how many people may have
been hurt, or if more than one shooter was involved. A woman who was near one
of the shooting sites says she heard a barrage of gunfire. #prayforchattanooga

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We are still awaiting clarification/confirmation on the number of deaths.  Tennessee governor says ‘lives lost’ in Chattanooga
shootings, doesn’t say how many.

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Four Marines killed, an officer wounded and others wounded as well.

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(CNN) — The gunman in Thursday’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, an FBI spokesperson said. “While it would be premature to speculate on the motives of the shooter at this time, we will conduct a thorough investigation of this tragedy and provide updates as they are available,” the FBI said.

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President Barack Obama said Thursday that the FBI would be taking the lead in investigating the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left four Marines dead. “We take all shootings very seriously,” Obama said Thursday, and asked all Americans to pray for the families of those who were killed. “We will be thorough and prompt in finding out exactly what happened.”