McCrory orders increased security at N.C. National Guard sites

N.C. Air National Guard facility located at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. N.C. Air Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen.
N.C. Air National Guard facility located at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. N.C. Air Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen.

N.C. Air National Guard facility located at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. N.C. Air Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen.

RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory instructed the N.C. Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina National Guard to step up security measures at the National Guard recruiting centers, armories and readiness centers statewide, the governor’s office said late Monday. The heightened security measures are in response to the shootings at the two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tenn. that left four Marines and one Navy sailor dead. Authorities have accused Tennessee man Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of being the shooter in the attack.

“We will be vigilant in protecting those who protect us,” McCrory said. “These men and women are putting their lives on the line to serve our country and it’s our responsibility to ensure everything that is within our power to do for their safety is done.”

FBI officials have said they do not know the motivation for the attacks in Chattanooga yet, but they have assumptions, according to news reports. “We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until it can be determined that it is not,” FBI Special Agent Edward Reinhold was quoted as saying.

North Carolina National Guard Tarheel Challenge Academy (TCA) Cadets toured the state capital here March 9, 2012. Image credit: SFC Robert Jordan, NCNG.

North Carolina National Guard Tarheel Challenge Academy (TCA) Cadets toured the state capital here March 9, 2012. Image credit: NCNG.