Saturday, July 18, 2015

And now there are five: Sailor wounded in Chattanooga shooting dies

The blindness of the Obama administration to the danger that radical Islam represents drives me crazy. Yes, let's look for more direct links of the killer with ISIS but what good is that going to do? We know ISIS are the bad guys and even if there wasn't a direct link, they were the inspiration and that's what matters.

Unless and until they stop "winning" they will continue recruiting nuts to their cause. The only way that will stop is if we wipe them off the map. Period. We need a president willing to do that.

 The Navy said Saturday that a fifth victim has died from wounds sustained during Thursday's shooting attack by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez at a military support center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

"A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m.

"In total, four U.S. Marines and one Sailor were killed in the incident. His name will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin process is completed," the Navy said in a statement.

From Fox News:

"Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 24, was one of three people injured when a gunman opened fire at the center, killing four Marines. The shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.

"Fox News spoke to Smith’s step-grandmother Darlene Proxmire who confirmed he died early Saturday.

"Smith was shot three times when a gunman opened fire at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Thursday morning. He was struck in the right arm, back and stomach, family members told a Kansas newspaper, the Salina Journal, according to the Chattanoogan.

"He underwent several surgeries and died around 2:17 a.m. Saturday. His wife and other family members were with him at the hospital when he died."

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed condolences in the wake of shooting attacks in Chattanooga.

"It is with a heavy heart that I learned of today's tragic events in Chattanooga,” the secretary said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers - along with those of the men and women of the Department of Defense - are with the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence and with all those touched by this tragedy, including our Navy and Marine Corps family.”

Carter also expressed his gratitude to local law enforcement personnel for their swift response. The Defense Department will continue to work with them as they investigate this heinous crime, he added, and “will support our military families in their time of grief.”

The shootings took place at the Navy Operational Support Support Center, operated by the Navy, and at an armed forces recruiting center, officials said.

The Navy Operational Support Center is used by Navy and Marine Corps personnel, and is often referred to as a "reserve center," Navy officials said. It provides training and readiness support for reserve-component personnel to enable them to support the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.

"The tragedy in Chattanooga is both devastating and senseless,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire Department of the Navy family, I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wounded in service to our nation during this incident.”
As the investigation unfolds, he added, the priority will be to take care of the families of those affected.

“I'd like to express my gratitude to the first responders on the scene whose prompt reaction was critical to stopping this individual from inflicting further violence,” Mabus said. “Though we can never fully prevent attacks like this, we will continue to investigate, review and guard against future vulnerabilities and do everything in our power to safeguard the security of our service members and their families."

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