Middle East

May 12, 2009

Iraq shootings suspect, on 3rd tour, had had rifle taken away

The U.S. military said Tuesday that the Army sergeant charged with fatally shooting five American comrades at a U.S. base was on his third deployment to Iraq. Sgt. John M. Russell, of the 54th Engineer Battalion, had been ordered to counseling and had had his rifle taken away before the shootings.

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