BREAKING: Shooting Reported at Chattanooga Navy Recruiting Center


“Horrific incident in our community,” tweeted Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected.” That’s from Various reports describe someone in a Mustang firing a rifle at a Naval Reserve recruiting Center on or near Chattanooga State university. Local TV also reports a police officer has been shot (live video link here). As always, early reports are invariably misleading or wrong in these situations. More as it becomes available.


  1. avatar Jwestham2 says:

    Probably a hajji

    1. avatar Josh H says:

      Most likely someone that got rejected for service.

      1. avatar Katy says:

        That’s what I’m thinking. I’d even put an anti-military protester above the chance it was a turrist

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          BREAKING: 2pm EST – Fox News reports the shooter is attaining ambient air temperature.

          (AKA, “He’s dead, Jim…”)

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          BREAKING: 2:17 pm EST – WRBC TV reporting 4 military personnel killed.

        3. avatar Geoff PR says:

          BREAKING: 2:58 pm EST – AP reports the 4 military personnel were U.S. Marines.

        4. avatar Geoff PR says:

          BREAKING: 3:06 pm EST – The Tennessee State Attorney is investigating this as a domestic terror incident.

          (This from the live press conference)

        5. avatar Geoff PR says:

          BREAKING: 4:08 pm EST –

          Chattanooga, TN shooting suspect identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, law enforcement sources tell @CBSNews.

          That’s right, sports fans, we may have a jihadi attack.

      2. avatar juliesa says:

        Maybe, but last time it was a Muslim terrorist: Carlos Bledsoe. Could be just a nut too.

    2. avatar Zach says:

      It is the last day of Ramadan.

    3. avatar William says:

      Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was his name. You do the math.

      1. avatar refugee camp occupant says:

        Aloha snackbar!

    4. avatar JT says:

      You win. Shooter was originally from Kuwait.

  2. avatar tdiinva says:

    This looks like another deliberate attack on a police officer. It’s locations is merely coincidental. This is more fallout from the racebater/Faux Libertarian alliance forged in Ferguson.

    1. avatar Refugee camp occupant says:

      Wait, you’re slandering libertarians because why again?

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        Because Radley Balko, Jacob Sullum and the Reason crowd supported Handsupdontshoot and were quite willing to toss both Darren Wilson’s civil rights and The Mall of America’s property rights to the mob.

        Reason types aren’t Libertarians. They believe in what a friend labeled “free governance” which is a form of anarchy. They don’t believe a public sphere, including public law exists. Everything can be written as a contract enforced by private means. Street gangs are a positive model for them. Just because they label themselves Libertarians doesn’t make it so. They have fraudulently appropriated the label. Fredrick Hayek would not recognize them as Libertarian.

        1. avatar Tom Davees says:

          It’s hilarious how out of touch with reality you are ahaha

        2. avatar Excedrine says:

          Except that the Reason crowd didn’t support the handsupdontshoot narrative after it completely fell apart, which was almost at the very beginning – especially after the convenience store footage came out. Much less after 24 volumes of Grand Jury testimony came out which definitively put that fabrication to rest.

          The Reason crowd also doesn’t espouse any kind of “free governance” (whatever that’s supposed to mean anyway), either. No, street gangs are far from a positive model for them — or anyone for that matter. They also definitely believe in a public sphere and in the Rule of Law. The very same Rule of Law that a lot of the regulars here appear to support, at that. I don’t know where you’re getting your perceptions about them from, but what I can tell you is that they’re categorically incorrect.

        3. avatar Ben says:

          How is he out of touch? Specifically?

        4. avatar Garrison Hall says:

          ” . . . They believe in what a friend labeled “free governance” which is a form of anarchy. They don’t believe a public sphere, including public law exists. . .”

          Public sphere = police union twaddle.

  3. avatar D D says:

    Im in Chattanooga myself and this is happening less than a mile away from my home.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Have you taken appropriate precautions? Home carry or office carry? Long gun available close by?

      1. avatar D D says:

        Precautions were taken in fact I was up the street on the same road as the shooting at the VA center.

        1. avatar D D says:

          CCW on person and long gun close by during incident.

    2. avatar I_Like_Pie says:

      Same here. Can look out my window and see the folks at the hospital.

    3. avatar TNTom says:

      I was up US 11 a ways (Riceville)
      Bradley Square Mall was locked down entirely in Cleveland from what I heard.
      They were even locking down places in Athens.
      No fly zone declared.
      Homeland Security was putting their elite squad of mall cops together,
      It was a drama-fest all afternoon.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    Things like this would never happen if people simply obeyed those “no guns” signs. Amirite?

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Amen brother … you be right!

      1. avatar Joseph says:

        They just need to make a sign from robocop, where if you don’t exit the area you will be shot, as 2 large 8 barreled.50 cal gatling guns raise and lock on the unauthorised gun totoing gal or guy.

    2. avatar MAC][ says:

      Yeah! Maybe we need a sign to point out those signs?

    3. avatar Another Robert says:

      Yep, another federally-mandated “gun-free zone” proves its effectiveness (I thought the subsequent similarly-titled post was about this, as a matter of fact).

    4. avatar TNTom says:

      Putting unarmed soldiers in glass fronted shotgun shacks really needs rethought. But, it won’t be.

  5. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Various reports describe someone in a Mustang firing a rifle at a Naval Reserve recruiting Center on or near Chattanooga State university.

    Impossible. Universities are firearm free zones. And they are institutions with highly intellectual people who have evolved beyond any manifestation of physical violence. I summarily reject any claim to the contrary because, definition, any such claim would be impossible.


  6. avatar Gabe says:

    Reports saying one cop and four Marines shot. Is this an Aloha Snackbar?

  7. avatar Chrispy says:

    False Flag, Illuminati, Jade Helm 15!

    Yes, sarcasm.

    1. avatar MAC][ says:

      LOL, thanks for the laugh! 🙂

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        Back at you, that was awesome!

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Now that…

        Was strange.

        The Aluminum Foil Dancers were kinda cool, tho…

  8. avatar Gabe says:

    The cops must be in backhoes and dumptrucks. The reporter just said she was “greeted by police that had heavy machinery”. That sounds serious!

  9. avatar Tom in Georgia says:

    East Tennessee is part of God’s country (I live about 45 minutes from Chattanooga) and most good folks know how to take care of themselves. While I strongly caution against speculation (and you know that the regressives will be grasping, almost convulsively, at straws real and imagined) it does prove once again, with monotony, that so-called ‘gun-free’ zones do nothing but cause far more harm than good. I understand that some folks will just never comprehend it or make a connection between carrying a sidearm for protection and that’s fine. But attempting to legislate away the ability to defend yourself is morally reprehensible and should never be tolerated.


  10. avatar NateGA says:

    I live 20min south of Chattanooga, and local news is saying the shooter has been killed…

  11. avatar Logan says:

    If only our Armed Forces were allowed to be armed. My military ID doesn’t say Armed Forces, it says Uniformed Services because we are disarmed and Force sounds too aggressive.

  12. avatar Waco Biker says:

    Just a taste of their own medicine 🙂

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Learn to spell WACKO Biker

    2. avatar Ben says:

      Check it out, another person with no proof about the Waco biker incident.

    3. avatar Accur81 says:

      Mr Waco, you have an epic lack of taste.

      1. avatar Waco Biker says:

        Voluntary government murderers getting shot at? Now that’s some delicious karma.

        1. avatar Gs650g says:

          Nice internet muscles you got there

  13. avatar neiowa says:

    You can be very sure of 2 things today.

    1. Every Jarhead recruiter is a multiple tour combat vet of Iraq/Afghanistan
    2. No Jarhead recruiter in uniform is armed

  14. avatar Model 31 says:

    I don’t know if the was another gun free zone shooting. If those animated bill boards (50ft TVs) really are cost effective, I see an opportunity for gun rights group with some deep pockets…sell advertising space all year long and once the facts are known about a shooting, advertize/inform when it happened in another gun free zone. Many folks are slow and self absorbed; only began to grasp a concept after it is drilled into their unused mushy minds and only when “American Talent Idols” types are talking about it.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      The FBI agent in charge said he did not know for sure, but stated that it is a federal facility, and federal facilities are gun free zones, so he assumes that it was.

  15. avatar Robert says:

    I’m begging all of you, as a military member myself, please contact your state and local representatives and tell them that military need to be allowed to carry.

    First, currently the problem is that the buildings are often leased properties, not federal properties, but military regs and laws keep them gun free as if they’re federal property. This is not only stupid in light of terrorists actively targeting us in our own home country, but stupid in light of this incident.

    Second, the problem is that this is political, as those few upper leaders I have spoken with off-record aren’t against it (so long as they follow the general military manual of arms), but it continues to stay this way.

    Tell your leaders you want this changed. Of all the people to be caught defenseless and unarmed, a recruiting station should be the last place such a thing happens, in light of the fact that this is our public “face” to the world. We have to keep our doors open to recruiting stations in order to encourage civilians to sign up.

    It’s appalling.

    1. avatar aldous says:

      Sorry, no special treatment for the costumed elite.

      My efforts will only be directed at ensuring all Americans have rights, not just the government workers.

  16. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Very sad-and unarmed too. Hoping it’s a jihad azzwhole-waco/willy/gawd you’re just a plain ole’ azzwhole…

    1. avatar JWM says:

      Pretty sure that whoever did this was an as*hole. And so far only one of our regular as*hole trolls has shown up to support these murders.

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        I don’t think it matters who you are or what group or denomination or race or gender you belong to, if you do something like this then you fit the exact definition of as*hole

  17. avatar gsnyder says:

    They will soon trace the shooter back and much will be clarified. It’s quite simply a domestic terrorist attack. Mental illness certainly, hate, yep. Too bad the perpetrator is dead as it makes it impossible to learn more. That said, if I had been in the woods and came upon the guy I’d of had no hesitation to put a 12 ga to his head. How long will it take to blame guns and increase lawful restrictions? The MSM is doing a superior job of spinning up the story and creating fear. Questions being asked, “Was it a semi-auto? Yes, they are already going there. A-holes, stirring the pot. It’s already been reported to your anti-American president.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Given that there are 30 bullet holes in he glass of the Naval Reserve recruiting office, and the report of a witness that the shooter was firing a “high powered rifle” from his car, the use of an AK or AR is nearly certain, despite the refusal of the FBI to comment on this issue, other than to say he had multiple weapons.

  18. avatar tom w a glock says:

    CNN is quoting a witness describing 100 rounds fired in groups of 8 to 10. I know those Marines were thinking about trying to return fire – about the only sane thought one can have under the circumstances – this is very sad. God rest their souls.

    1. avatar gsnyder says:

      Another gun-free zone hit? Looks to be. Sad.

    2. avatar Chip in Florida says:

      “…describing 100 rounds fired in groups of 8 to 10.”

      Thank the heavens for magazine size limits. Just think if all those rounds could have been fired from one clip.

      yes, sarcasm. Probably a bit off color too.

  19. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    LEO sources reportedly tell CBS News shooting suspect named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, domestic terror investigation underway

    1. avatar the ruester says:

      “Not on the terror watch list.” Did he come in through southern border? I’m not ashamed to speculate.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Apparently a Chattanooga civil employee, something to do with soil retention…

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Well, ex-employee.

          Job opening in the Chattanooga Civil Serpent office…

  20. avatar Glenn says:

    I know some of the commenters above have noticed the
    No Guns signs so prominently on the front doors of these facilities.
    I can taste the irony of this sag situation.

    As of 1400 Central time,
    4 Marines are dead and one police officer was wounded.
    The shooter is dead.
    Thankfully there appears to be only one shooter.

    I am going to check the federal law for myself,
    as haphazard as it may be.
    Some facilities forbid guns not only in their buildings,
    but also in their parking lots, such as Postal Service properties.

    I don’t know about Recruiting Offices at commercial strip malls.
    I know of several in my city alone.

    Also is ironic that our Big Brother NSA and other agencies could do nothing
    to stop this situation.
    What good are they?

  21. avatar Mark says:

    “…Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said five people died in all, including the gunman. Two law enforcement sources told CBS News that the shooting suspect was identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. …”

  22. avatar Ilya says:

    I have a stupid question. Why our armed forces NOT armed. A sidearm (at minimum) should be a part of every service men’s uniform at all times.

    1. avatar Mark says:

      We don’t need more guns in the streets you ammosexual (who do I sound like? 🙂 )

      All we need to do is make all guns illegal and make sure we tell the terrorists that they’re illegal and nothing like this can ever happen again.

      (…yes…..much sarcasm above… ya didn’t catch it…)

    2. avatar Glenn says:

      The question asking why aren’t our “Armed Forces” armed, is not a stupid question.

      That’s what we are all asking.

      It was either pres. Clinton or Bush that gave an executive order that our armed forces would be disarmed while not in combat and stateside. Just like in Ft. Hood I and Ft. Hood 2.
      Their only consolation is that the all military bases have armed military or civilian police.

      Also the Military Recruiting Stations might be considered “Federal Facilities” and be off-limits for civilians to be armed. Just like Postal Facilities AND Post Office PARKING LOTS.

      1. avatar Mark says:

        Couldn’t agree more. Tomorrow a.m. there should be a bill on the House and Senate floor revoking the previous law that left these well training combat soldier unprotected.

  23. avatar anaxis says:

    Our troops need to be armed while in garrison, period.

    1. avatar Chrispy says:

      Everybody needs to be armed, whenever they decide that doing so is prudent, period.

  24. avatar James says:

    It’s the gun’s fault for being there, and has nothing at all to do with the Religion of Peace™.

  25. avatar GayGunOwner says:

    Very sad and thanks to commentators for the insight on our disarmed armed forces umm… “uniformed services”. Am wondering if the Posse Comitatus Act ( ) has anything to do with it. Were uniformed services previously allowed to carry?

    Anyone know the history?

    1. avatar Gs650g says:

      The gun ban for military got tacked onto a bill in the 80s by democrats.
      Years ago even high schoolers took guns to school for after school match and practice

  26. avatar TheBroke1 says:

    Seems like those whom would like to indenture all. That our service members are fine being armed and fighting for there said agenda, wars/conflicts or protecting certain persons or areas of interest. When it comes to Our Men and Women who protect and serve this country though, it is looking more and more as if Our Leadership in Elected offices and those officials have a DIRECT Fear of these SAME SAID Men & Women whom have and do SERVE OUR NATION and The American public.
    To me this sends up a red flag that we all should be asking ourselves why? If everything is truly on the up and up with our leaders in government and others whom interact with our armed services,
    then they should be the first to be sure that these men and women are ARMED to Protect themselves and there Family’s against those whom would wish them harm ( residents of countries where AMERICA has had armed conflict or the United States has dabbled in Foriegn affairs) and revenge is being sought. Then there is the BIGGER question as to why Our Government FEELS it is nessacary that OUR ARMED FORCES be completely at the mercy of any and all whom may or do wish them harm!!
    To me there is great conflict in this choice, as they are our line of defense against Enemies Foriegn and Domestic. So why does OUR government and elected officials have them unarmed and at the mercy of any all within our own borders? If OUR SERVICE MEMBERS are good enough to be armed fighting for Our Nation on Foriegn Lands then by All Means they are good enough to be armed within our borders and protecting themselves and ours here.
    I Believe this nation is headed for dark times and in this the Leadership has fears of those Vets and service members making a stand for that which they see as being right and constitutionally correct.
    Thank You ALL who have and do Protect OUR NATION AND WE THE PEOPLE! God Bless

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