New details recount soldiers' reaction in Chattanooga shooting
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The FBI says a military service member opened fire on the Chattanooga gunman after he crashed through the gates of a military facility there.
Ed Reinhold, the FBI's special agent in charge in Knoxville, said during a news conference Wednesday that a service member fired at the shooter after he crashed his rented, silver Mustang convertible through the gates of a joint Marine-Navy facility.
Reinhold says the gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, went inside the building and shot a service member. He then made his way through the building and continued shooting. Abdulazeez went out the back, and then shot and killed two more people before Chattanooga police opened fire on him and killed him.
Maj. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, said 20 Marines and two Navy corpsman were inspecting equipment at the facility when the attack happened. They had just returned from a training exercise in California.
Brier says the troops "reacted the way you would expect" during an attack, rapidly going room to room to get others to safety. He says once they got to safety, several ran back into the fight. Brier would not provide further details about what happened.
The FBI said 700 to 1,000 agents are working full-time on the investigation into Abdulazeez's motives for the shooting, and called him a 'homegrown violent extremist' Wednesday.