Chattanooga shooting 'inspired by a foreign terrorist group,' victims to receive Purple Heart


Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced on Wednesday that he would award the Purple Heart to the troops injured and killed in this summer's shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn.

"Following an extensive investigation, the FBI and NCIS have determined that this attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist group, the final criteria required for the awarding of the Purple Heart to this sailor and these Marines," the statement from Mabus said. "This determination allows the Department of the Navy to move forward immediately with the award of the Purple Heart."

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez went on a shooting spree at two locations in Chattanooga on July 16: first at a military recruiting center located in a strip mall, then leading police on a chase to a Navy reserve center.

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