The five Marines and one sailor who were shot in an attack on a Tennessee Naval reserve center this July will receive Purple Hearts, the Navy announced Wednesday.
Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen killd all but one of the servicemen in the July 16 shooting at the Chattanooga center. Police officers killed him in a gunbattle; Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley was injured but survived the attack, NBC News reported.
While authorities have debated whether the attack was act of terrorism, investigators determined that it was inspired by a foreign terrorist group – the final criteria needed to qualify the victims for the Purple Heart, the Navy said.