The Navy said Saturday the sailor shot in Thursday’s attack at a military support center in Chattanooga, Tenn. has died.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 24, was one of three people injured when a gunman opened fire at the center, killing four Marines. The shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.
Fox News spoke to Smith’s step-grandmother Darlene Proxmire who confirmed he died early Saturday.
Smith was shot three times when a gunman opened fire at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Thursday morning. He was struck in the right arm, back and stomach, family members told a Kansas newspaper, the Salina Journal, according to the Chattanoogan.
He underwent several surgeries and died around 2:17 a.m. Saturday. His wife and other family members were with him at the hospital when he died.
Smith was a reservist serving on active duty as a logistics specialist in Chattanooga.
Smith grew up in Paulding, Ohio. Beside his wife he leaves behind three young daughters. Proxmire told Fox News that Smith loved his family and the Navy.
She told WANE-TV that Smith played college baseball on a scholarship until he hurt his shoulder. He joined the Navy soon after the injury.
Proxmire said Smith suffered extensive damage to his colon and liver in the shooting. Although badly injured he was still able to communicate with his wife at the hospital after emerging from one of the surgeries.
“When he came out he finally responded to them and he gave his wife a thumbs up,” Proxmire told the station. She said it was terrible what happened.
“You think oh that’s not going to happen to your family, but by gum it can. It can happen anywhere,” she said.
This didn’t have to happen and Congress needs to act asap to make sure our guys at least have a fair chance when the next ISIS attack comes.
I’ve seen no word yet on the other victim, so if anyone sees an update please post it in the comments.
Prayers for the Smith family as always.