Chattanooga law enforcement officials identified Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, as being responsible for killing four Marines and injuring others in their city on Thursday.
He is believed to have been born in Kuwait; and it is unclear whether he was a Kuwaiti or U.S. citizen, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He had been a resident of Hixson, Tennessee, about 8 miles northeast of Chattanooga.
Abdulazeez attended nearby Red Bank High School, where he wrestled. He later became an MMA fighter, according to Ryan Smith, who was a year behind him in school.
“[His] family was very religious,” Smith said. “The women in Abdulazeez’s family wore traditional Islam head coverings,” he added.
The high school yearbook quote Abdulazeez provided created a stir on social media. “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?”
A man named Youssuf Abdulazeez attended the University of Tennessee, Chatanooga, spokesman Chuck Cantrell confirmed, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in engineering.
According to The Times Free Press:
A reporter saw a SWAT team and FBI agents staging at a strip mall in Hixson near the shooter’s house…Police in Hixson kicked a reporter out of the neighborhood that contained a house apparently owned by Abdulazeez. However, the Associated Press reported that two women were led out in handcuffs.
In April, he was booked for a DUI.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.