Georgia Southern University has confirmed that one of the four Marines killed in the shootings Thursday at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn., was a former GSU student, Skip Wells.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had identified Wells, 21, as a Cobb County resident. Wells was enrolled at Georgia Southern from 2012 through fall 2013, according to the university's statement.
"The entire Georgia Southern University community is saddened by the news that former student and Marine Skip Wells was killed yesterday in the Chattanooga tragedy along with three fellow Marines...," said university spokesperson Jan Bond. "The Eagle Nation offers our deepest condolences to his family and the families of those killed and wounded during this incident."
The Journal-Constitution reported that Wells was a graduate of Sprayberry High School in northeast Cobb County who briefly attended Georgia Southern before joining the Marines. The Department of Defense had not officially released the names of the victims, but a spokesman for Wells' family had talked to the Atlanta newspaper.
The Associated Press reported that counterterrorism investigators are trying to figure out why a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man who seemingly had a typical suburban American upbringing attacked two the U.S. military sites in the shooting rampage.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, did not appear to have been on the radar of federal authorities before the bloodshed Thursday, officials said, and they were still searching for a motive. Abdulazeez was killed by police.
Federal authorities were looking into the possibility it was an act of terrorism but said there was no evidence yet that anyone else was involved.