Americans mourn death of Chattanooga victims

Death toll from shooting at two US military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee rises to five after death of US Navy sailor, as hundreds mourn victims of tragic event

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hundreds of people gathered in memorials on Saturday were held across Tennessee for the five American servicemen killed in the mass shooting at two United States military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday morning.

In the city’s capital, Nashville, some 100 people attended a prayer service and later marched to the state capitol to honor the victims who lost their lives in Thursday’s mass shooting and also the victims of the Charleston Church Shooting which took place last month.

Demonstrators held signs and posters with slogans such as, “Black Lives Matter” and “Forward together.”

Rev. Brian Merritt of Chattanooga spoke to the crowd of students, community members and religious leaders at Greater Bethel AME Church.

"Love is stronger than this hatred, and unity can and will prevail," he said.

Hundreds of mourners gathered earlier in the morning in Chattanooga for a memorial at the site where the mass shooting took place.

According to the US Navy, one of the victims was an American sailor who died later on Saturday.

Smith was shot at the military support center two days earlier where the four other marines died in the mass shooting, and two others were injured.

The incident took place at a US military recruiting centre and a Navy Reserve centre in Tennessee.

CNN reported that the suspected shooter, identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 25, was also killed after the shooting.

Abdulazez opened fire at the military recruiting centre and Navy Reserve centre, which are located in different parts of Chattanooga, shooting at the doors of the military recruiting centre at a strip mall on Lee Highway.

The gunman is believed to have first gone to a military recruiting centre in a strip mall and opened fire and then drove off to a Naval Reserve Center about 10 km away, killing fatally the five Marines before being shot.

TRTWorld and agencies