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Family Spokesman: Mental Issues Dogged Shooter Who Killed 5

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 05:50:13-04

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A family spokesman said a Kuwaiti-born man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee suffered mental health problems since his early teen years and also fought drug and alcohol abuse.

A representative of the family of 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez said relatives believe those struggles are at the heart of last week's killings at a pair of military sites in Chattanooga.

The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity to avoid unwanted publicity.

Authorities and friends said they've seen no evidence that Abdulazeez was a Muslim radical, and the spokesman said the man's relatives didn't either.

The representative said Abdulazeez spent months in Jordan last year, but only to help him get away from substance abuse and a group of friends who relatives considered a bad influence. 

Read the statement released by Abdulazeez's family by clicking here.

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