The man who shot and killed five US troops in Tennessee suffered from depression, his family said on Saturday in condemning the “heinous act of violence.”
Four Marines and a sailor were killed in the attack – which authorities are treating as “an act of terrorism” – before the gunman, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, died in a shootout with police.
“There are no words to describe our shock, horror and grief,” Abdulazeez’s family said in a statement cited by an NPR public radio journalist.
“The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved,” it added.
“For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.”
Expressing its condolences to the families of the victims, the Abdulazeez family also vowed to continue to cooperate with police.