SWAT teams converged on a house belonging to the family of a Kuwait-born Muslim shooter who had killed four Marines and left a female sailor in critical condition in Chattanooga.
Armed with what has been described as a military-style automatic weapon, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, made attacks on two separate military installations — a recruitment center and a Naval Reserve center — before he was shot and killed by a local police officer, according to multiple reports.
Hours after the event Thursday, SWAT team officers swept in on the gunman’s family home in Hixson, a mile from the recruiting center — scene of the first shooting — and led two women out in handcuffs.
Officers remained at the home while the FBI sifted through evidence to determine whether the shooting was inspired by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Evidence included blog posts Abdulazeez had written in the days leading up to the attacks, in which he wrote of submitting to God.
“Brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled by your desires, this life is short and bitter, and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you by,” he wrote.
“Take his [Allah’s] word as your light and code and do not let other prisoners, whether they are so-called “scholars” or even your family members, divert you from the truth. If you make the intention to follow Allah’s way 100 percent and put your desires to the side, Allah will guide you to what is right,” he continued.
Immediately after the shootings, U.S. military installations were put on alert and security was heightened.
Also immediately after the attacks, conservative author and columnist Ann Coulter sent out a two-word tweet that fully expressed her feelings:
Deport them. pic.twitter.com/HdYQxuNftj
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 16, 2015
The following footage was taken at the Abdulazeez residence, via the Daily Mail:
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