Obama refers to the murder of 4 Marines as a ‘serious shooting’ refusing to call it a terrorist attack. The shooter was Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Muslim, this was clearly a Jihad terrorist attack.
Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Muslim, was carrying 30-round magazines when he opened fire, according to a source briefed by law enforcement. Abdulazeez kept police at bay for some time with the amount of ammunition he had, according to the source.
Abdilazeez was armed with an AK-47 style weapon at the time of the attack according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation.
Obama spoke in the after the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, saying that although law enforcement officials didn’t know all the details, it appeared that a “lone gunman” carried out the attacks.
“We take all shootings very seriously,” Obama said. “Obviously when you have an attack on a U.S. military facility then we have to make sure we have all the information necessary to make an assessment in terms of how this attack took place.”
Obama didn’t reveal the name of the shooter even though he added that law enforcement officials had identified the man, 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a Muslim. Had he said the name, he would have had to acknowledge that the man was a terrorist.
“I’d ask all Americans to pray for the families who are grief stricken at this point,” Obama said, vowing a “thorough and prompt” investigation.
“My main message right now is obviously the deepest sympathies of the American people to the four Marines that have been killed,” he said.
“It’s a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion and although the families are still in the process of being contacted, I want them to know that I speak for the American people in expressing our deepest condolences and knowing that they have our full support as they try to overcome the grief that’s involved here.”
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