May 11, 2009

Five Dead in Shooting at Camp Liberty - UPDATE: Shooter in Custody!

Current reports are indicating that these are non-combat related.


Via MNF-Iraq: Five Coalition forces members were killed in a shooting at Camp Liberty in Baghdad today at approximately 2 p.m.

CNN is reporting that "A U.S. soldier in Baghdad opened fire on his fellow soldiers Monday, killing four American troops before killing himself, a senior defense official said. Three others were wounded in the incident at the U.S. military base, Camp Liberty, in Baghdad, the official said."

UPDATE:



Fox News is now reporting: A U.S. soldier gunned down four of his fellow troops and then killed himself at a stress clinic at the Camp Liberty military base in Baghdad, FOX News confirmed. The military said in a statement that the shooting occurred at about 2 p.m. Monday at the base, located near Baghdad International Airport.


UPDATE II: Via American Forces Press Service Shooter in Custody!

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2009 - An American soldier suspected in the shooting deaths of five U.S. servicemembers today in Baghdad is in U.S. custody, defense officials said.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. local time at the U.S. military base Camp Liberty in the Iraqi capital. Defense officials characterized the killings as an unexpected tragedy.

"Any time we lose one of our own, it affects us all," said Army Col. John Robinson, Multinational Corps Iraq spokesman. "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all the servicemembers involved in this terrible tragedy."

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman called the shooting an "unexpected and tragic event," adding that the incident is under investigation.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification and release by the Defense Department.

UPDATE III:

The Huff Post has picked up the story...and stays as classy as always....

UPDATE IV:

The AP is reporting: ...the assailant was taken into custody following the 2 p.m. shooting at Camp Liberty, a sprawling U.S. base on the western edge of Baghdad near the city's international airport. Obama visited an adjacent base last month.

The statement said nobody else was hurt, but a senior defense official in Washington said three people were wounded. The names of the victims and shooter were not released.

Pentagon officials said the shooting happened at a stress clinic, where troops can go for help with the stresses of combat or personal issues. It was unclear whether the gunman and his victims were workers at the clinic or were there for counseling. Soldiers routinely carry weapons on Camp Liberty and other bases, but they are supposed to be unloaded.

At the Pentagon, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the shooting occurred "in a place where individuals were seeking help."

"It does speak to me about the need for us to redouble our efforts in terms of dealing with the stress," Mullen said.

Developing...

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