Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Saturday instructing the Florida adjunct general to take immediate actions to secure Florida Guardsmen that work in recruiting centers in the wake of the Tennessee shooting where five military members were murdered.
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The order comes in reaction to Thursday’s shooting rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that left four Marines and a U.S. Navy sailor dead.
Abdulazeez first opened fire at a military recruiting center in a Chattanooga strip mall. Abbott says the move would be a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm service men and women, and enable them to protect those living and working on the base.
The order states that the National Guard is now allowed to give military guards the means to protect themselves to “preserve the lives, property, and security of themselves and other persons subject to threat of an attack”.
Read the full text of Scott’s order here.
The comments came as Navy officials confirmed a separate incident outside Atlanta, where a recruiter accidently shot himself in the leg with his personal.45-caliber pistol while discussing the Tennessee shootings with one of his recruits. He wants a review of security at the Guard recruitment centers, possibly installing bullet-proof glass at the storefronts or video surveillance equipment.
Weapons will be given to members of the guard who do not now have them, he said. The apparent shooter in that case, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was also killed. David A. Wyatt of Russellville, Ark., and Petty Officer Randall Smith of Paulding, Ohio.