(OTTAWA, ON) – Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, issued a statement following the death of four US Marines in Chattanooga, TN, in an act of possible domestic terrorism.
“We condemn today’s despicable attack and mourn the loss of four marines who served their country with pride and honour,” said Kenney. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and all those who are affected by today’s shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.”
The victims were members of a reserve Marine Artillery unit that had been activated three times for service in Iraq.
The gunman, identified by the FBI as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was found dead after shooting the four marines at two military locations. Police haven’t said if the gunman was killed by officers of if he shot himself. Witnesses estimate the shoot-out with police lasted about 20 minutes.
Abdulazeez was a naturalized American citizen from Kuwait and an engineering graduate at UTC.
One police officer who was injured in the exchange has been released from hospital, while two others are still being treated.