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Gunman identified in Tennessee rampage

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Officials have identified the gunman suspected in the killings Thursday of four Marines during a Chattanooga, Tenn., rampage that stretched across two separate military facilities.

The FBI confirmed the identity of the shooter to The Hill as 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, reportedly a naturalized citizen from Kuwait.

“While it would be premature to speculate on the motives of the shooter at this time, we will conduct a thorough investigation of this tragedy and provide updates as they are available,” the FBI said in a statement.

Authorities on the scene declined to give specific details about the gunman earlier on Thursday afternoon, though they did say that investigators believed he was acting alone. 

According to The Associated Press, he is a resident of Hixson, Tenn., just a few miles away from Chattanooga.

The gunman was killed during the shooting, officials said.

In addition to the four Marines killed, the gunman also shot one police officer — who is currently receiving treatment in a local medical center — and two others, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke told reporters. 
Federal and local officials are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.

This story was updated at 6:06 p.m. with a different spelling of Abdulazeez’s name.

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