Lawyer: US team in Jordan to interrogate uncle of Tennessee shooter

July 22, 2015 15:42


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AMMAN- US investigators are in Jordan to interrogate the Jordanian-American uncle of a suspect in the fatal shooting of five US servicemen in Tennessee last week, the uncle's lawyer said on Wednesday.

The suspected gunman, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was killed in a gunfight with police on July 16 after he sprayed gunfire at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga and then at a nearby Naval Reserve Center.

The engineer's family say he had long-standing psychological and substance abuse issues and was taken to stay with his uncle, Assad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali, in Amman for a short visit last year to help his recovery.

But investigators have evidence he had been searching for jihadist material that may have inspired the attack, a source close told Reuters on Monday.

Jordanian authorities arrested Haj Ali on Friday and he was being interrogated by both Jordanian and U.S. investigators, his lawyer Abdul Qader al Khatib said by telephone.

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