A sailor who was shot in the Chattanooga, Tenn., gun rampage died Saturday, becoming the fifth fatal victim, the U.S. Navy said.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith died two days after a gunman opened fire at two military outposts in Tennessee, his step-grandmother Darlene Proxmire told NewsChannel 15.
The U.S. Navy confirmed a sailor succumbed to his wounds at 2:17 a.m. but did not release his name.
The 24-year-old hero from Ohio had been shot in the back, stomach and arm while working at the Navy Operational Support Center, his family told the Salina Journal. The U.S. Navy logistics specialist suffered extensive damage to his liver and colon.
Smith, a husband and father of three young daughters, wanted to reassure his family after undergoing multiple surgeries.
“When he came out he finally responded to them and he gave his wife a thumbs up,” Proxmire said.
He was soon placed on a ventilator and taken into the trauma intensive care unit.
“It’s hard to understand how somebody can hurt somebody that’s serving for you. For your freedom, for your safety,” Smith's mom, Paula Proxmire, said.
Smith was a big sports fan, posting on his Facebook often about the Astros and the U.S. women's soccer team.
He also attempted to raise awareness and money for cancer.
Four Marines - Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, David Wyatt and Carson Holmquist - were also killed by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, who opened fire at Chattanooga's Naval Reserve support center.
Two others were also injured.