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.