Authorities Combing Through Chattanooga Shooter's Notes

Posted at 8:44 AM, Jul 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 09:07:53-04

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Authorities have been combing through notes allegedly written by the man who shot and killed four U.S. Marines and one Navy Officer in Chattanooga.

The strip mall where Mohammed Abdulazeez killed five people reopened for business Tuesday morning, nearly a week after the attack. 

Trucks from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have left the parking lot, but crime scene tape remains at the scene of the shooting. While investigators haven't found any ties the suspect had to terror groups, the possibility hasn't been ruled out.

Continuing Coverage Of Deadly Chattanooga Shooting

Police are looking through notes allegedly written by Abdulazeez, many of which apparently express anti-American thoughts. However, his friends said that Abdulazeez openly criticized ISIS -- calling them "a stupid group." 

Investigators are looking into a trip he made to Jordan last year. His parents told police they sent him out of the country to get him away from people that were bad influences.

Agents were searching an apartment of a man connected to Abdulazeez Monday night when a 15-year-old boy pointed what appeared to be a rifle at them. They ordered him to drop the gun several times before the teen complied.

It turned out to be an air-soft gun. Another air soft gun was also found tucked into the back of his pants.

"Our agents, I think, demonstrated exceptional restraint in dealing with the young man. And I would encourage folks not to come outside, and especially point weapons at law enforcement officers, that's not a good mixture for a happy outcome," said FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold, who's in charge of the investigation. 

The teen was not charged and instead was just given a warning.