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Gunman kills four Marines in Chattanooga

A gunman shot and killed four Marines and wounded a recruiter on a Marine and Navy Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Thursday. The gunman was also killed, officials said.

During a news conference, officials stated that the gunman had several weapons. Chattanooga police chief said that the four Marines were “brutally and brazenly attacked,” New York Times reports.

The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. at a recruiting center in a strip mall on Lee Highway and wrapped up nearly 30 minutes later at the reserve on Amnicola Highway where the shootings occurred. The two sites are approximately 7 miles apart.

Witnesses claim the man sprayed bullets at the glass door of the recruiting center.  The shooter injured several people in the attack, including a police officer. His condition is unknown.

A restaurant server, Gina Mule, said that she saw a man in a silver convertible mustang shooting at the building with a “high-powered rifle.” She was unsure how many shots he fired, but it was “a lot.” Another witness, April Grimmett, was in a hair salon when she saw a man dodging bullets.

She took a photo of the damaged glass doors, which were in a gun-free zone. She said she “could not believe how many bullet holes were in that door.”

Authorities said they have no reason to believe that anyone else was involved in the incident and no intelligence was used to warn the attack would happen, NBC News reports.

Initially, United States attorney Bill Killian called the act one of “domestic terrorism.” However, investigators are still trying to determine whether the act was one of “terrorism” or if it was a “criminal act,” FBI agent Ed Reinhold told reporters. He added that they were “looking at every possible avenue.”

Both Tennessee senators addressed the shooting on the U.S. Senate floor along with offering their condolences. Additionally, a White House official said that President Obama was briefed on the shooting.

The families of the deceased are being notified of the deaths, according to CNN. Their names will be released afterward.

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Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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