I’ve been wondering what made this soldier go nuts. No real answers yet.
An American soldier opened fire on comrades Monday afternoon inside a combat stress clinic at a large U.S. military base in Baghdad, killing five and wounding three in an attack that prompted officials to promise to try to ease the strain on troops deployed to war zones.
The gunman was taken into custody shortly after the 2 p.m. shooting at Camp Liberty, part of a sprawling military installation near Baghdad International Airport, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Brian Tribus said.
The military did not identify the gunman or shed light on what his motive might have been. Tribus said the gunman’s name will be disclosed when and if charges are filed.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Obama vowed to conduct a thorough investigation.
“I would like to express my horror and deep regret for today’s shooting incident,” Gates said at a briefing at the Pentagon. “Such a tragic loss of life at the hands of our own forces is a cause for great and urgent concern.”
Gates said the Pentagon needs to redouble its efforts to relieve the stress caused by repeated deployments in war zones with limited time at home in between.