An anonymous U.S. official told The Associated Press that Abdulazeez, 24, is from nearby Hixon, Tennessee and is believed to have been born in Kuwait. It’s unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen and whether he spelled his name Muhammad or Mohammad, the official said.
Officials confirmed earlier Thursday in a news conference that the alleged gunman had also died in the shootings. It’s unclear how the gunman died, however.
A spokesman for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga told The Times Free Press newspaper that a student named Youssef Abdulazeez graduated from the school in 2012 with a degree in engineering.
Federal authorities did not offer a motive in Thursday’s news conference but said they were investigating the shootings as a possible act of domestic terrorism.
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