Investigators Ask, Was Alcohol a Factor in Afghan Shootings?

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Alcohol

Investigators Ask, Was Alcohol a Factor in Afghan Shootings?

The military is currently investigating whether alcohol was a factor in last week’s shooting in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of quite a few civilians.  According to CNN.com, one military officer found alcohol where the shooter was living in the barracks, although it is still unclear if the alcohol belonged to him.  The officer accused of the shooting is being held, and the military believes it has probable cause to keep him, while they sort through the details to begin prosecuting the soldier.

 Currently, the military is investigating the shooting by interviewing people on both sides of the incident and  collecting evidence from the scene. Officials say ballistics should not be a problem because the victims were shot at close range, and many bullets remained lodged in the walls of their home.  For now, the suspect will be kept in Kandahar, and it is undetermined if he will be tried in Afghanistan.  It is thought that he will return to the United States eventually, as his trial may go longer than his call of duty.

The military is trying top clamp down on information about this incident, in order to give the suspect a fair trial, although they believe the incident can be attributed to a single soldier.  The secretary of defense suggested to reporters that the results of the trial could hold a possibility for the death penalty.  No service member has been put to death since 1961, though a number have been sentenced to death or are on death row.

Personally, I think that signs of PTSD should also be considered, much more than alcohol that was found in the barracks.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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