Five people are confirmed dead, including four Marines and the sole gunman, following shooting at two separate military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A local police officer was also shot and wounded, suffering non-life threatening injuries.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke confirmed the deaths at a news conference today, and the U.S. District Attorney stated that it will be investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.
Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge stated that she felt is was “highly unusual” for the FBI to have already taken the lead in the investigation, and already have hundred of federal agents on scene.
She also stated that officials have confirmed that the man responsible was not in the military, nor did he have any ties to his victims.
Here’s what Shepard Smith reported (video above) about the events that unfolded:
The shooting began at around 11 a.m. at U.S. Naval Recruiting on Lee Highway, where a white male suspect is believed to have fired in rapid succession for a period of minutes, then sped away in a silver Mustang.
Smith said the suspect then drove about seven minutes to the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway. That’s where it’s believed that a police officer and four Marines were shot.
A Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter heard two shots fired in the nearby woods, where it’s believed that the shooter was taken down.
The officer involved in the shooting is in stable condition.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke called the shooting “a very terrible situation.”
A woman who says she witnessed the Chattanooga shooting told the Associated Press that she heard a barrage of gunfire.
“It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew there were police cars coming from every direction,” said Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at a Binswanger Glass.
Hutcheson says she ran inside, where she remains with other employees and a customer. The gunfire continued with occasional bursts she estimated for 20 minutes.
“We’re apprehensive,” Hutcheson said. “Not knowing what transpired, if it was a grievance or terroristic related, we just don’t know.”
We will keep updating this article as we learn more….
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