COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich has called for prayers for an Ohio sailor reported as the fifth victim of deadly shootings at military sites in Tennessee.
The murders in Chattanooga have claimed another victim, & Ohio has lost another hero. Prayers for Randall Smith of Paulding Co & his family.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 18, 2015
Kasich tweeted Saturday that the killings had claimed another victim and Ohio has lost another hero. He called for prayers for Smith, who grew up in the northwest Ohio village of Paulding, and his family.
The death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, a reservist serving on active duty at a Chattanooga reserve center, was announced Saturday by the Navy.
The death occurred two days after a deadly shooting killed four Marines and injured three others, including the sailor, in Chattanooga.
Authorities say Kuwait-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, Tennessee, unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, then drove several miles away to a Navy and Marine reserve center, where he shot and killed the Marines, and wounded the sailor. Abdulazeez was shot to death by police. He spent a short time working at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County, Ohio.