Family Of Chattanooga Gunman Releases Statement

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jul 18, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The family of suspected Chattanooga gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez has released a statement on the shooting.

According to WDEF, the family extended their "deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the honorable service members and police officers who were victims of the shooting our son committed on Thursday.”

The rest of the statement continued:

"Our prayers go out to the victims' families, friends, and everyone who is affected by this tragedy.

There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief. The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved. For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.

We have cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to do so, as we understand there are many legitimate questions that need to be answered. Having said this, now is the time to reflect on the victims and their families, and we feel it would be inappropriate to say anything more other than that we are truly sorry for their loss."