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FBI: Chattanooga shooter was radicalized before attack

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Betty Maynard, left, and Cindy Atterton comfort each other by a makeshift memorial outside the Armed Forces Career Center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga. AP photo Betty Maynard, left, and Cindy Atterton comfort each other by a makeshift memorial outside the Armed Forces Career Center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga. AP photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

In a Thursday afternoon news conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge Edward Reinhold updated the media on the latest details in the investigation of the Chattanooga terrorist shooting.

Reinhold said that Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was radicalized online by watching videos before the July 16 attack, and people who had prior knowledge of his new beliefs failed to report him to authorities.

"We believe there were people who understand he wanted to commit jihad but they may not have necessarily believe him at that point, it's unclear at this point," Reinhold said.

The FBI would not say who knew, or if they will face charges. They're still investigating the terror attacks and looking into the shooter's friends, family, and everyone he had a relationship with in Chattanooga and overseas.

"Well we continue to look at the shooter's history, all the way to the time he came to this country and before," Reinhold said, "Now he was only four months old when he came to this country so basically he was raised here."

"Based on his [Abdulazeez] desire to commit jihad that he wanted to hit the US military and he did not want to over seas to do it, he wanted to make a bigger impact; he felt it would make a bigger impact if he did it here."

Reinhold said "The FBI continues to conduct this investigation, and will continue the investigation. We do not believe there is any imminent threat to the folks here in Chattanooga."

 A considerable amount of evidence, mostly digital, has been gathered by the FBI.

The FBI said it will not be releasing a case file once the investigation is complete but talks regularly with the victims and their families to keep them informed. 

The FBI investigates shootings and attacks all over the county, but Reinhold said Chattanooga was different.

"This was the first time that a non-military person committed an attack against U.S. Military on U.S. soil," he said.

Reinhold said he doesn't believe there is any more threat in Chattanooga and the community should not live in fear.

"We live our lives I think without fear of more attacks and that means we win, that means the terrorist doesn't win."

Stay with WRCBtv.com and Channel 3 Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.

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