Chattanooga police confirm that several Marines were killed at a recruitment center and a Naval Reserves Operations Center. Late Thursday, a gunman drove a Mustang convertible opening fire at multiple military centers in the Chattanooga area. Tennessee governor Bill Haslam reported ‘lives lost’ in the shootings, but did not elaborate. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke called the attack a very terrible situation.
The gunman wounded three including an officer. Witnesses said a man sprayed bullets at the glass doors of a military recruiting center at a strip mall on Lee Highway, and the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday that a shooting happened at a separate location — the Navy Reserve center on Amnicola Highway. The two sites are 7½ miles apart. Chattanooga State Community College asked people on its main campus to stay inside because of a “confirmed shooting,” the school said on Twitter.
A White House official said President Barack Obama was being briefed on the shooting. The names of the Marines who were reportedly shot were not immediately released.The gunman fired 25 to 30 rounds at the recruitment center, according to a U.S. military official. Both of Tennessee’s U.S. senators addressed the shooting on the Senate floor and offered their condolences.
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