CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man working in the same strip mall where the deadly Chattanooga shooting spree began last Thursday recalls seeing the accused gunman flee the parking lot after firing shots.
“I just heard five bullets, then I walked outside to see what was going on,” he said.
Elbardissy said once in the parking lot, he saw the shooter, later identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, flee the scene in a sliver Mustang.
According to Elbardissy, members from the National Guard recruiting center ran after Abdulazeez.
“They started running after him, but as he was pulling out of the parking lot, he was driving really slow,” he remembered. “He didn’t speed or anything until he came out to the main road when he saw them approaching his car.”
Despite their efforts, the National Guard members were unable to stop Abdulazeez before he drove to a second location where a total of five servicemen, including four Marines, were all killed.
On Monday, the strip mall where the deadly shooting began reopened for the first time to an outpouring of love and support.
Since the recent shooting, supporters have since visited the scene where flowers, stuffed animals, notes and American flags have all been left.
Governor Bill Haslam ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the servicemen killed in the tragic shooting. Flags will remain lowered through this Friday.