Tennessee: Friends, family knew Muslim who killed Marines wanted jihad, failed to alert authorities

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Sophia Ensley, right, and Barbie Branum hug in front of an Amnicola Highway memorial for victims of the July, 16 shootings on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith died Saturday from wounds sustained when gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four U.S. Marines and wounded two others and a Chattanooga police officer at the Naval Operational Support Center on Amnicola Highway shortly after firing into the Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway.

Staff photo by Doug Strickland /
July 16, 2015 Chattanooga, Tenn. Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four U.S. Marines, one Navy officer and wounded two others and a Chattanooga police officer at the Naval Operational Support Center on Amnicola Highway shortly after firing into the Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway.

What kind of nondescript headline is this in the Times Free Press? WTF? Source: FBI: People knew July 16 shooter was radicalized, failed to alert authorities | Times Free Press

The 24-year-old Muslim man who carried out the July 16 terrorist attack in Chattanooga was radicalized for at least a year before he opened fire on two military sites and killed five U.S. service members, an FBI agent told the Times Free Press today.

The FBI believes people who knew Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez knew he was becoming radicalized before the attack, but failed to report Abdulazeez to authorities, Special Agent Ed Reinhold said.

Abdulazeez was radicalized online before he took a July 2014 trip to the Middle East to visit family and discussed committing jihad before he carried out the attack in Chattanooga, Reinhold said.

“He had discussed committing jihad; he had not taken any affirmative action toward it,” Reinhold said.

Reinhold declined to say where those discussions took place, or with whom. He said the FBI was not aware of the discussions before the attack, and added that Abdulazeez did not espouse his beliefs or intentions online.

Abdulazeez definitely planned the attack and intended to kill as many people as he could, Reinhold said, but the planning was relatively short-term.

“I know he wanted to commit jihad and commit jihad here in the United States, but I don’t think the specific target was necessarily picked out too far in advance. There was some planning involved, but not years-worth.”

Reinhold declined to say whether the FBI intends to pursue charges against the people who failed to report Abdulazeez’s radicalization.

He also would not say whether anyone is currently under surveillance in Chattanooga in connection to last year’s attack, but emphasized there is no threat of an imminent follow-up attack and that the investigation is active and ongoing.

“We have to be much more cautious with the information we release, in the event that we’re able to show others were involved, we don’t want that information released because it could create problems when it comes to potential prosecutions,” he said. “I’m not saying we’re looking at any prosecutions, I’m just saying we have to be careful with any evidence we collect in the event that it does lead to somebody or something else.”


One more reason why Muslims should be banned from emigrating to America.

2 Responses

  1. What could the Authorities do even if they were alerted. It is very norm for all the corrupt governments to arrest the whilst blowers. So why would anyone anymore would want to cooperate with the corrupt authorities whom only supports the Islamic Muslim Criminals all over the world.

  2. Those that knew he was radicalized and did not say anything are just as guilty as if they pulled the trigger themselves.

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