Police say they were able to take down the suspected lone gunman, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez. In reports unconfirmed by WHNT News 19, Abdulazeez claimed to be a follower of Islam.
Local Muslim leaders here tell WHNT News 19 that his actions are not a reflection on their faith. Being so close to Chattanooga in distance, and in faith, many Muslims here in Huntsville have true connections to the Muslim community in Tennessee. And they say their hearts are hurting, too. But what their religion teaches is nothing like the atrocities that killed those four Marines.
“We are Muslims, but we are also Americans,” explained Nauman Qureshi, President of the Huntsville Islamic Center. “It really hurts when something like this happens, whoever commits such an act.”