Four Marines Reported Dead in Tennessee Shooting

Four US Marines are dead, according to AP, after man opens fire at recruiting center. Shooter is reported dead; policeman wounded.

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Ari Yashar, Gil Ronen, | updated: 19:44

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Shooting attacks took place late Thursday morning local time at two Naval Reserve facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four US Marines, were shot and according to the AP, they are dead. CNN reported that three of the military personnel who were shot are dead and one is in critical condition.

The shootings took place at the Army Recruiting Center on Lee Highway and the Naval and Marine Reserve Center at the Chattanooga Riverpark, on Amnicola Highway.

National reports also say the shooter is dead. 

"Numerous weapons" were used by the shooter and officials said that the attacks are being treated as "domestic terrorism."

A police officer was also shot and is reportedly in stable condition. Mayor Andy Berke called the shootings "a nightmare for the city of Chattanooga." 

The FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security sent teams to Chattanooga to assist police.

Much of the area near River Park where the incident has developed has been blocked off by police.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced, "we've got an officer down," although he did not provide the officer's condition. He added that it was a "very, very terrible situation and we need to go figure out how we can handle it."

On Twitter, Berke wrote: "Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected."

"There has been several (shootings) at several different locations. It's a fluid situation," said John Harmon, a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, according to Reuters.

A witness, Gina Mule, told CNN that from a window in a restaurant she saw a man with "a high-powered rifle" open fire with numerous shots from a silver Mustang car, targeting a building where military recruiting offices are located.

Responding to the attack, Chattanooga State University told students and staff to stay inside because of a "confirmed shooting."

The incident brings to mind the 2009 shooting attack at the Fort Hood army base, when Palestinian American Army Major Nidal Hasan unleashed a deadly shooting rampage, murdering 13 and wounding 32. Hasan admitted to conducted the shooting as an Islamist terror attack.

The same base was shot again in April 2014, with the shooter and three victims killed as well as 14 wounded.