CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — When they first heard gunfire erupt, some Marines at the reserve center in Chattanooga thought it was a drill. But it quickly became clear that there was a shooter on the grounds. Then Marines and sailors sprang into action to try to save each other from the hail of bullets.
Survivors of the July 16 attack spoke for the first time to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1LIc0yr ) about the ordeal that left five service members dead.
They said Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Springfield, Massachusetts, played a key role in shepherding 13 Marines and a sailor over a perimeter fence and out of danger.
Sullivan was among four Marines and a sailor fatally shot by 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who had crashed a rented Mustang convertible through the gates.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com