Four Marines were killed in a shooting spree today which reportedly focused on two military facilities (one recruiting office, and one Reserve center) in Chattanooga, TN. A local police officer was also wounded. It was reportedly a lone shooter, who was killed at the second location. The suspect has been identified as an American citizen originally from Kuwait, one Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. We all offer prayers or best wishes for the families and friends of the victims. Those familiar with the history of Islamophobia in Tennessee also hope people wait for the completion of the investigation before jumping to conclusions or assigning blame to innocents.
Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.More by Ed Kilgore