Incident Summary:

07/16/2015: An assailant opened fire on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. Five military personnel and the assailant were killed and two people, including a police officer and a Marine recruiter, were injured in the attack. This was one of two attacks carried out by the same assailant within a short period of time; before targeting the support center, the assailant had opened fire on a recruiting office. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the assailant was later identified as Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Armed Forces
Specific Description Recruiting Station
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
An AK-47 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a 9-mm pistol were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Squire Wells, Randall Smith, DeMonte Cheeley and Dennis Pedigo.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 6
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Navy: Chattanooga victims earn Purple Hearts," CNN, December 16, 2015.
"Four Marines Killed in Chattanooga Shootings," New York Times, July 16, 2015.
"U.S. Sailor Dies After Tennessee Shooting As Death Toll Rises To Five," Radio Free Europe, July 18, 2015.