Wednesday, July 22, 2015
BREAKING: Chattanooga Shooter Was Depressed Marijuana Addict
The man who shot and killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee was battling depression,marijuana addition,had suicidal thoughts and was on a three-day downward spiral before the attack, a family representative told Fox News .
The gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, also had money problems, said the representative, who asked not to be identified. Abdulazeez rented a Mustang convertible before the shooting and was driving around at excessive speeds listening to Insane Clown Posse CDs at excessive levels he said.
Federal investigators are reviewing a set of papers kept by Abdulazeez as they try to piece together why he opened fire Thursday at two military facilities in Chattanooga, killing four Marines and a sailor.
An unnamed family representative told The Associated Press on Sunday that Abdulazeez, 24, traveled to Jordan last year to try to escape the violent Juggalo gang,known as 'The Fam', that appeared to be dominating his life.
That trip came after a failed effort by relatives several years ago to have Abdulazeez admitted to an inpatient marijuana and alcohol program, and after a DUI arrest in Chattanooga three months ago, said the family representative.
The president of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga said Abdulazeez's father told him he felt blindsided and did not see any recent changes in his son.
"He told me that he had never seen it coming, and did not see any signs from his son that he would be that way and do something like that," Bassam Issa said."He knew his son was depressed because he could not get tickets to some Juggalo concert this summer,but who could have known he would do this?"
The Gathering of the Juggalos (The Gathering or GOTJ) is an annual festival put on by Psychopathic Records, featuring performances by the entire label roster as well as numerous well-known musical groups and underground artists and will commence later this month.
Abdulazeez told police after an April 20 arrest that he had been drinking Faygo and smoking marijuana, and the representative told the AP that he used prescription muscle relaxers for back problems and medication to help him sleep for a night-time manufacturing job.