The FBI is reviewing a text message that the gunman who opened fire on two military facilities sent to a friend hours before his rampage.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The FBI is reviewing a text message that the gunman who opened fire on two military facilities here sent to a friend hours before his rampage, a law-enforcement official said Saturday.
That text, which might provide insight into the gunman’s motivation, included a link to an Islamic verse saying, “Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.”
At the same time, the bureau is expanding its investigation into a trip the gunman, identified as Mohammod Abdulazeez, made to Jordan in 2014, by dispatching agents to the country to interview Jordanian officials about the gunman’s contacts, the law enforcement official said.
“All indications from the interviews is that there is something different about him after he returned home,” the official said. “He was different but it does not appear that he was showing the typical outward signs of someone who was going to lash out violently. It does not appear from the interviews that he was saying a lot of anti-U.S. things to his friends.”
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Interviews the authorities have conducted with the gunman’s friends in Tennessee have shown that he liked to go to shooting ranges. “It was more of a hobby for him — there’s no indication that he was going there to prepare for an attack.”
The law-enforcement official also said Saturday that the FBI started a second round of interviews with the gunman’s friends and associates in Tennessee.
“The first round didn’t really show much about how he was radicalized or any of the outward manifestations of someone who was going to launch an attack,” the official, who asked for anonymity because of a continuing investigation, said.