Four U.S. Marines were killed Thursday morning in a shooting in Chattanooga. A sailor later died from injuries he sustained in the shooting. The first attack happened shortly around 10:45 a.m. at a recruiting center. Minutes later, the gunman drove to a Navy-Marine training center about 7 miles away and opened fire.
The gunman was identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who started work as a shift supervisor at the Superior Essex plant on Southeast Parkway in Franklin a few months prior to the shooting.
Anna Basista, the company’s vice president of HR, said they had no statement, but provided CNN with the letter.
In it, CEO Brian Kim said they are “shocked and deeply saddened” that their employee was the gunman, that the company had no indication that Abdulazeez was capable of harming anyone.
The President of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga has condemned the shooting and called the act, "cowardly." An interfaith prayer vigil honoring the victims is being held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga. (MORE: Islamic Society President Condemns Chattanooga Shooting)
Continuing Coverage Of The Attack:
- Funeral Plans For Massachusetts Marine Announced
- FBI: Too Early To Know If Chattanooga Gunman Was Radicalized
- Memorial Service Held For Chattanooga Shooting Victim
- Gov. Haslam Implements New Security Measures At Military Sites
- Flags At US Capitol At Half-Staff In Honor Of Chattanooga Victims
- 5th Victim Dies After Being Wounded In Shooting
- 4 Marines Killed In Chattanooga Shooting; Suspect Also Dead
- Family Of Chattanooga Gunman Releases Statement
- Family Spokesman: Mental Issues Dogged Shooter Who Killed 5
- Chattanooga Shooting Being Investigated As Act of Terrorism
- Authorities: Alleged Shooter Worked At Franklin Plant
- Motive In Deadly Chattanooga Shooting Remains Unknown
- 4 Marines Killed In Chattanooga Shooting Identified
- Haslam Orders Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Victims
- Representative To Challenge Firearms Ban At Military Installations
- Nashville Muslims Condemn Chattanooga Shooting
- Family Of Marine Just Feet Away From Chattanooga Shooter Speaks
- Islamic Society Head: Gunman's Father Apologized
- More Than 100 'March Against Fear' In Response To Shootings
- Haslam Calls For Review Of Security Policies And Procedures
- Nashville Muslim Community Holds Vigil For Chattanooga Victims
- Resolution Calls For End Of Gun-Free Zones At Military Facilities
- Civilians Take Up Arms To Protect Service Men, Women
VIDEO: Learn More About Abdulazeez’s Past And Family