"Active Shooter." So read the final text message sent by Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells to his girlfriend, Caroline Dove, before he was gunned down by an Islamic radical Thursday morning in Chattanooga, Tenn. Dove had been anxiously waiting for an upcoming trip to Tennessee to visit Wells.
She thought he was kidding, replying, “You are so weird.” Then hours of silence.
“I love you,” she sent, trying to elicit a response from Wells. Hours more passed, the news out of Chattanooga becoming clearer. “Hon, I need you to answer me please,” she wrote. It would not be until Friday that she learned his fate.