Shooter Who Killed 5 Service Members Was Actively Researching Martyrdom & More.
It is almost assured that somewhere in America, in a room, there’s a young man perhaps in his 20’s and of Islamic heritage, sitting in front of a computer screen and slowly being “radicalized”.
And so when CNN reports that Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Abdulazeez had conducted Internet web searches on martyrdom as recent as the day before the carnage, it’s a if someone is predicating a probable fact…in that the next assassin is almost primed and waiting in the wings to strike.
The fact that Abdulazeez sought to “martyr himself” is what Islamic warfare is all about within the Islamic faith, it's believed that martyrs and their families will be rewarded by God. It’s the ultimate sacrifice to Islam that a Muslim could make.
Of course the FBI is conducting an international investigation seeking to interview anyone with whom Abdulazeez may have had contact within the last 48 to 72 hours before he went on his shooting spree.
However what is emerging is a troubled profile of drug abuse and depression, and the fact the Abdulazeez traveled to Jordan last year. That trip came after what family members claim was a failed effort by relatives several years ago to have Abdulazeez admitted to an in-patient drug and alcohol program, and after a DUI arrest in Chattanooga three months ago.
He was dismissed from his job at a Ohio nuclear plant because he didn't pass a background check, a person familiar with his employment history at the company that operates the plant tells NPR.
It’s also been reported that Abdulazeez’s father was investigated by the FBI twice and cleared, as part of a FBI investigation into financing of terrorist networks. And while Abdulazeez wasn’t on any terrorist watch list, the fact still remains that there was something going on, that prompted those investigations, and perhaps a review is needed to see exactly what prompted the initial probe and why it was dropped.