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June 01, 2009

Two Soldiers Shot Outside Of Recruiting Station...1 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured

Damn it.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. at a U.S. Army Navy Career Center inside the Ashley Square Shopping Center at 9112 North Rodney Parham Road. According to Lt. Terry Hastings with the Little Rock Police Department, two enlisted soldiers standing outside the office were hit when the unidentified suspect drove up and began shooting.

...According to Army Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis, the two victims were not recruiters, but part of a recruiting program called "Hometown Recruiting Assistance." Artis says recruiters use soldiers to tell their stories and talk to potential recruits while they are visiting or based back in their home region.

Both soldiers were combat vets*. Prayers for them and their families.

It may be to early for this but if the scumbag they have in custody turns out to be part of the anti-war crowd, will the press connect him with that movement the way they are with the guy arrested for killing Tiller? Yeah, neither do I.

Thanks to Amish Dude for the tip from the comments.

(Something wacky happened to the comments on this thread, so I reposted it and they work. Unfortunately, the earlier comments were lost)

*That part of the story seems not to be in later versions of the story. Obviously, it's a fast breaking so early reports are subject to change.

More on the soldiers, they were not combat vets.

Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, which oversees the Little Rock office, said the victims had just completed basic training and were not regular recruiters. He said they were serving two weeks in the Little Rock office.

As part of the Hometown Recruiting Assistance Program, the soldiers were sent to "talk to friends, folks in the local area. They can show the example, 'Here's where I was, and here is where I am,'" Artis said.

Artis said neither of the soldiers had been deployed for combat.

I haven't seen anything more on the suspect.


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