US soldier charged with shooting that killed 3 people may have stress disorder

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Two weapons were recovered from the scene. (Representative)

Washington:

A US Green Beret was charged with murder after three dead people were killed in a shooting at a bowling alley in Illinois over the weekend, the prosecutor said Monday.

Another three people were injured when a man opened fire on Don Carter Lane’s Rockford bowling alley on Saturday night.

Duke Webb, 37, has been denied bail on three cases of first degree murder and three cases of attempted first degree murder, District Attorney J. Hanley said at a press conference.

The highly decorated Green Beret was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group of the US Army, based in Florida, and had completed four Afghan tours.

Hanley named the killed Thomas Furseth, 65, from Machesney Park, Illinois, Jerome Woodford, 69, and Dennis Steinhoff, 73, both of whom came from Rockford.

Of the wounded, prosecutors said a 16-year-old girl was stable while another teenager – a 14-year-old boy – and a 62-year-old man were staying in the hospital in critical condition.

“The defendant admitted the shootings and directed the officers to the locations of the firearms he was using,” Hanley told the press conference.

Two weapons were recovered from the scene.

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Webb was on vacation at the time of the attack and was reportedly visiting family.

He is due to appear again in court on February 16 and could face life imprisonment without parole if convicted.

Webb, an excellent Special Forces assistant and intelligence sergeant, finished his last tour of Afghanistan in July, US media said.

Media reported to his attorney that Webb may have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), although he will need a medical exam before it can be confirmed.

Maj. Gen. John Brennan, commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), said Webb’s actions were “heinous and absolutely unrepresentative of the Special Forces Regiment.”

“The actions described in reports are shocking and atypical with Webb’s 12 years of honorable service,” Brennan told the New York Times.

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