Official: Ex-FBI agent was gunman in TX base shooting

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 2:05 AM

S. Air Force was identified Saturday as the man who killed his commander at an air base in San Antonio before turning the gun on himself. A statement from the Air Force identified the two men as Tech.

Official: Ex-FBI agent was gunman in TX base shooting

A former FBI agent who later enlisted in the U. S. Air Force was identified Saturday as the man who killed his commander at an air base in San Antonio before turning the gun on himself.

A statement from the Air Force identified the two men as Tech. Sgt. Steven D. Bellino and Lt. Col. William A. Schroeder. The statement didn't title the gunman, but a federal official near to the investigation said Bellino opened fire Friday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person isn't authorized to speak publicly about the case.

The official said Bellino was an FBI agent for less than two years before resigning in two thousand-thirteenth and later enlisting in the Air Force. Authorities haven't confirmed why Schroeder was targeted. He was commander of the three hundred forty-second Training Squadron.

"The thirty-seventh Training Wing mourns the loss of our airmen and family members," said Brig. Gen. Trent H. Edwards, commander of the wing. "Our primary focus at this time is to get care of the family and the men and women who are grieving our losses."

It wasn't clear Saturday how Bellino acquired his rank in a relatively brief time with the Air Force. A technical Sgt is a rank over a staff Sgt and below master sergeant. Bellino could've had prior specialized training that allowed him to enlist at an elevated rank.

Two Glock handguns were found close the bodies Friday, and military executive are trying to define whether Bellino was authorized to have a weapon on the base, where the possession of firearms is heavily restricted.

The firearm restrictions apply not only to Lackland but also to Fort Sam Houston, the Randolph air base and another installation that comprise Joint Base San Antonio, which has more than 80.000 full-time personnel and is the residence of Air Force basic training.

Friday'south shooting, which the San Antonio Express-News reports caused executive to abruptly finish a nearby military training parade with thousands of spectators, is the latest to occur at a military facility in TX in the latest several years.

In January two thousand fifteen, an Army veteran and former receptionist at the veterans' clinic at Fort Happiness in El Paso shot and killed a psychologist before killing himself. About a year earlier, three soldiers were killed and sixteen wounded in an attack at Fort Hood close Killeen by Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, who also killed himself.

And in the deadliest attack to occur at a U. S. military installation, thirteen people were killed and thirty-one were wounded in a shooting in two thousand-ninth at Fort Hood. Nidal Hasan, a former U. S. Army major, was convicted and sentenced to death in that shooting.

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