A Kuwait-born man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee suffered from depression since his early teenage years and fought drug and alcohol abuse, his family has said.
A family representative, who did not want to be identified to avoid unwanted publicity, said relatives of 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez believed those personal struggles were at the heart of last week's killings at a two military sites in Chattanooga.
"He was medicated like many children are. Through high school and college he did a better job sometimes than others staying with it," said the spokesman.
"They do not know of anything else to explain it," the spokesman added.
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More than 300 people including dozens of children were evacuated from a campsite as firefighters battled brush fires burning in Southern California's drought-parched foothills, fire officials said.
Five campsites near the fire were evacuated, meaning 300 campers, including 130 children with special needs, fled to to a nearby high school, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened from the fire that broke out at about 9:30pm along the Angeles Crest Highway.
The suspected gunman in the Tennessee shooting in which five US servicemen were killed sent a text with a link to a long Islamic verse, a friend has said. It included the line: "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him."
The friend told Reuters: "I didn't see it as a hint at the time, but it may have been his way of telling me something."
He asked anonymity for fear of a backlash. The FBI said it was premature to speculate on the gunman's motive. The suspect, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen, was killed in a gunfight with police.
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A sailor wounded in the attack on military sites in Chattanooga has died, the US Navy has confirmed, bringing the death toll to five.
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Suspected gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in the Chattanooga shooting in which four Marines were killed was hired as an engineer at an Ohio nuclear plant.
He had and spent 10 days there before he was let go after he failed a background check, the Associated Press reported citing a spokesman for the company that owned the plant.
Four marines killed in a shooting at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee have been named.
Among them was Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J Sullivan from Hampden, Massachussettss, an artillery cannoneer who had served twice in Iraq been awarded with the the Purple Heart.
Staff Sergeant David A Wyatt from Burke, North Carolina, a field artillery operations man, had served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sergeant Carson A Holmqust from Polk, Wisconsin was a maintenance technician who had been deployed in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Squire K Wells from Cobb, Georgia was a reservist on active duty operational support as a field artillery cannoneer.