Locals React To Deadly Shootings in Chattanooga

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LACKAWANNA COUNTY---Four Marines are dead and three other people injured, after suspected killer Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at a Naval Operation Support Center and an Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In Northeast Pennsylvania, people are reacting to news of the tragedy.

"It's not safe, you know what I mean? At any given time it can happen, any state. We're not even safe in our own country, you know what I mean? But it happens," said Jonathan Hill of Scranton.

Military officials at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Wilkes-Barre Township could not comment on the shootings or a possible increase in security as a result.
In Scranton, military officials also could not comment.
Bobby Walls and Bruce Wall of Scranton are considering joining the armed forces.
Wall had a meeting with a recruiter in Scranton Thursday afternoon.
The friends were horrified by news of the shootings.

"It's terrible, must have been a terrorist attack. It was really bad what happened, I feel sorry for the guys," said Bobby Walls.

"It was random, it could happen anywhere around here. It's sick," said Bruce Wall.

That is what some people said scares them the most: the fact that it could have happened anywhere.

"You never really know who it could be but that's a shame, I feel sorry not only for the families but for his family because they lost someone also, man. It's chaos, man, it's chaotic out here right now, man," said Hill.


  • Mike Coulon

    While we are giving Caitlyn Jenner her award, making sure no one is flying a flag that may offend someone, and discussing the “TRUE” meaning of a rainbow. The rest of the world sat back and laughed while we we being picked apart from the inside out!

  • December 7th, 1941

    After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, we rounded up all the locals and put them in camps UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Until we got things figured out. The generation that did this is referred to as THE GREATEST GENERATION, mind you.

    After 9/11, what did we do?

  • Poonus

    not much talk about it being a gun-free zone- The military isn’t allowed to carry firearms for their self protection while on posts, or in recruiting offices thanks to some loser politicians…

    trusting people with arms to defend our country? but not letting them defend themselves due to lack of trust!!!- the government officials that made this mess need to also remove their armed guards or give the soldiers back their rights today….a recruiter sergeant E-5 to E-7 should be allowed to carry whatever they want- even an already basic trained E-2/E-3- private first class, should be able to defend themselves, anywhere they work… the nature of their job should warrant it.

    I personally can’t blame religion, or a firearm for this- I blame the bad guy- and he’s been removed from earth by the police. I only wish that the military personnel had a chance to actually fight back when he did it.

  • Mountain Man of Campbell's Ledge

    The kookran book is a war book not religious…wake up before it’s too late.

  • Mountain Man of Campbell's Ledge

    Well i see some afraid to learn the true cover of the book.
    The truth is not about religion its about the 3rd jihad in operation today, tomorrow,
    next week next month.Their mission is to keep you fooled to the end as they did to Lebanon.
    Just ask Brigitte Gabriel. Wake up for your children’s sake.
    They will eliminate my comments so pass it on.

  • Mountain Man of Campbell's Ledge

    GOOGLE-The Third Jihad Radical Islam’s Vision for America(A Clarion Project Film)-WAKE UP

  • Common Sense

    It’s not religion…..its an extremist attitude that leads to terrorism This wasn’t a shooting as the top notch news agency wnep so accurately reported it…..it was a terrorist act Terrorism is based on extremism….people who think they are right and force their will on others. Has nothing to do with religion. Religion has actually kept people in check and in hope throughout history, not in violence and hate. The previously posted comments sound like liberal bigotry and arrogance…..another evil destroying this country.

    • As Real As Santa Claus

      It’s an extremist attitude brought upon by a strong belief in religion. You can deny it all you want as a way to defend and validate your own religion…but you know it’s true. You knew as soon as you read the name “Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez” that is was going to be a RELIGIOUS extremist.

  • Corey

    Also its highly inappropriate to be making statements like that when really all you shouls be doing is offering words of support to our countries bravests who gave their lifes in what i can guaranteed was still defending the people around them and their country

    • As Real As Santa Claus

      If we continue to ignore the problems, then nothing will ever get fixed. Religion is a big problem.

  • Corey

    As real as santas claus, you are so idiodic it actually insults my intelligence. If you put even an ounce thought or research into the statement you just made, you would know that 99.9999% of the worlds religions teach peace and love. Islam although i dont believe in it, is a religion of peace not murder. Just as my faith of Christianity is (no im not saying their the same thing) yet it had the crusades. PEOPLE are the problem. People like you who are simple minded, who dont know any better, who can be easily brainwashed by sickminded people into thinking whatever any one else are the problem, not the religion. I bet you would also say its the guns fault that people die, not the person who pulls the trigger.

    • As Real As Santa Claus

      Some people take religion to the extreme. Yes, religions teach peace and love, but you don’t have to look far to see that most religious people don’t take that part of the teachings to heart. How much hatred do Christians display towards gay people? Maybe you personally don’t, but you’d be in the minority here as far as the Catholic religion is concerned. For most religious people, if you don’t follow THEIR moral code they think of you as their enemy.

      Some people take the Bible and the Koran literally. When you have passages in the Koran that literally say (this is a direct quote) “Fight those who do not believe in Allah” and “Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.” then there is a problem. Some people take passages like that to the extreme, all in the name of a fairy-tale. The Bible also has equally disgusting passages, with followers who take them literally as well.

      So I don’t care what you say religions “teach”. It’s quite obvious that not everyone is into religion for the peace and love aspect. You insult my intelligence by assuming I’ve never been exposed to religion to know that peace and love is part of the message. I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic schools until college, so I know all about Christianity. Eventually I learned to think for myself, and to see all of the hatred that is spawned in the name of religion. It’s people like YOU who are simple minded and brainwashed, believing in such fairy tales and fables. I don’t even know how you can invoke the Crusades and not blame religion, but that’s on you. Also you should know that I do blame the man behind this tragedy, but I also blame his extremist attitude towards his religion. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, it can be a mix of things.

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