Chattanooga Shooting Voted Top Story Of 2015

Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 13:52:50-05

The fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2015.

Muhammad Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire on a recruiting center and a reserve facility on July 16. In recent weeks, the FBI declared it an act "inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda."

More than three-quarters of the editors and reporters voting in The Associated Press survey chose the Chattanooga shooting spree as the top story of the year.

The Supreme Court's decision effectively legalizing gay marriage in Tennessee and around the country received the second-most votes in the survey.

Ranking third was the Legislature's rejection of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.