A Navy officer and a Marine fired their sidearms hoping to kill or
subdue the gunman who murdered five service members last week in
Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to multiple military officials
familiar with internal reporting on the tragedy.
unclear whether either hit Muhammad Abdulazeez, who was shot and killed
on July 16 after he gunned down four Marines and a sailor at the Navy
Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. It's also unclear why they
were armed, as it is against Defense Department policy for anyone other
than military police or law enforcement to carry weapons on federal
A report distributed among senior Navy leaders during
the shooting's aftermath said Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, the support
center's commanding officer, used his personal firearm to engage
Abdulazeez, Navy Times confirmed with four separate sources. A Navy
official also confirmed a Washington Post report indicating one of the slain Marines may have been carrying a 9mm Glock and possibly returned fire on the gunman.