Chattanooga gunman worked in Franklin, called out sick this week

Chattanooga Shooting, Superior Essex

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – The gunman in the Chattanooga shooting, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, worked at a Franklin based company, Superior Essex Inc., for three months prior to Thursday’s deadly shooting.

The company sent an email alerting its employees Friday morning.

We were shocked and deeply saddened that a three month employee of our Company was the gunman of the tragic incident in Chattanooga. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims as well as those injured,” the email read.

Click here to read the full statement.

The Franklin Police Department confirmed Friday afternoon that it worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as they investigated Abdulazeez’s connection to the city.

The department said that outside of his employment at Superior Essex Inc., Abdulazeez does not appear to have any other connections to Franklin.

The Franklin Police Department is vigilant in protecting our residents from anything that threatens the security of our community,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will continue to partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement who join us in our commitment to safeguarding Franklin.”

View the department’s statement here. 

One employee told News 2 Abdulazeez called out sick both Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday were his regularly scheduled days off.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, Chattanooga shooting
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was arrested on April 21, 2015 in Hamilton County, Tennessee, for driving under the influence. (Courtesy: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

The employee also said the FBI showed up to the Franklin plant Thursday night and specifically questioned a man Abdulazeez commuted with to work regularly.

Agents with the FBI reportedly told supervisors they didn’t expect to find anything and were there as a precaution.

According to the company’s website, Superior Essex designs, manufactures and supplies wire and cable products.

News 2 reached out to a manager who said he had no comment.

Authorities say Abdulazeez “unleashed a barrage of gunfire” in Chattanooga at two different military facilities, killing four Marines and injuring three others, including a police officer.

The investigation into the situation is being led by the FBI.

Anyone who may have had contact with Abdulazeez over the past couple of months, or with information that may be helpful to the investigation, should contact the FBI at 865-602-7582.

Click here for complete coverage of the Chattanooga shooting.


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