In response to last Thursday's attacks on two Chattanooga military installations that left four Marines and one Naval officer dead, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has ordered increased security measures to be taken at National Guard facilities across the state:
“We will be vigilant in protecting those who protect us,” Governor 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.”
Gov. McCrory's move comes after governors in at least six other states pushed for their facilities to be armed as a precautionary measure to protect from potential copycat attacks:
The governors of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Indiana have authorized the arming of full-time National Guard members to deter attacks and allow them the ability to protect themselves and civilians in case they are targeted.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are still investigating whether the shooter, Mohammad Yousef Abdulazeez, acted alone or was part of an organized plot to target U.S. military members here at home.
Two of the victims of the Chattanooga shootings had ties to North Carolina:
Sergeant Carson Holmquist was from Wisconsin but lived in Jacksonville, N.C. He completed two tours to Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant David Wyatt was from Burke County. In addition, Wyatt attended Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, N.C.
Gov. McCrory also ordered the state flag be flown at half-staff Monday, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of last Thursday's victims.