Sailor Injured During Chattanooga Shooting Becomes Fifth Victim to Die From Massacre! Ohio Gov. John Kasich Tweets Condolences!
The lone gunman, Mohammod Youssof Abdulazeez fatally shot four Marines and wounded a police officer on Thursday in shootings at two military recruiting and training centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Click here if you missed it! A sailor, Randall Smith who sustained injuries during the shootings reportedly died early Saturday, the U.S. Navy confirmed, NBC News reports!
The sailor’s death comes in addition to the four U.S. Marines killed at the scene. They have been identified as Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, of Cobb, Georgia; Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, of Hampden, Massachusetts; Sgt. Carson Holmquist, of Polk, Wisconsin, and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, of Burke, North Carolina.
The U.S. Navy did not identify Smith in a statement but said it would be confirmed 24 hours after the next of kin process is completed. Smith was married and had three daughters, the AP reported.
Smith grew up in Paulding County, Ohio, and joined the service after attending college in the state, his grandmother, Linda Wallace, told The Associated Press. Residents in the county of less than 20,000 were urged Thursday and Friday to pray for Smith, according to NBC affiliate WCMH.
“It is with great sadness that a graduate of Paulding passed away due to injuries sustained in Chattanooga,” Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said Saturday after news of Smith’s early morning death.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich also tweeted his condolences.
The murders in Chattanooga have claimed another victim, & Ohio has lost another hero. Prayers for Randall Smith of Paulding Co & his family.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 18, 2015