Man saw Chattanooga shooter flee parking lot after firing shots

Moe Elbardissy, Chattanooga

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.

“People were just really in shock,” Moe Elbardissy recalled.

Elbardissy told News 2 he was working at a nearby Italian restaurant when the tragic shooting began.

Chattanooga memorial
A total of five servicemen, including four Marines, were killed in a shooting in Chattanooga last week.

“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.”

Chattanooga memorial
Mourners have left American flags, notes of support, flowers and stuffed animals in honor of the lost lives.

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.

Click here for complete coverage of the Chattanooga shooting.

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