(CNN)Four Marines were killed when a gunman attacked two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said.The suspected shooter, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, is also dead, the FBI said.
Until the orders came down after the Fort Hood attack, people at Yuma Proving Ground, where I worked, were at least able to keep weapons in their vehicles. After Fort Hood, impeccable sources at YPG told me that they were forced to change the post regulations by the highest authorities.
So the NOSC is a gun free zone. It is too bad that the national authorities were not willing to allow these Marines to be "Ready Now. Anytime. Anywhere." as the Naval Reserve Mission statement reads from the screen shot of their facebook page.
Instead, they had to wait on the arrival of a civilian police officer. It was too late for four of them.
Will "The View" claim that this was a conspiracy to promote the campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, both of whom have said that we should allow our military to protect themselves on American soil?
Update: The Washington Post is giving a preliminary timeline:
The attack began at 10:45 a.m. when Abdulazeez fired rounds into the windows and door of a local military recruiting office. He then fled in a silver-colored Ford Mustang and drove to a Navy Reserve center several miles away, where he again opened fire and all five fatalities occurred.The timing is reinforced by a statement from a witness at the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC). From foxnews.com:
Police in Chattanooga said shortly after 1:15 p.m. that the shooting was over and that the gunman was dead.
Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at Binswanger Glass just across the street from the center on Amnicola Highway, said she heard a barrage of gunfire around 11 a.m.
"I couldn't even begin to tell you how many," she said. "It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew, there were police cars coming from every direction."
That indicates that there was significant time for the Marines to defend themselves, if they had been allowed defensive weapons.
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