Lackland AFB Shooter Was Facing Disciplinary Action For Going AWOL

Erin Fitzgerald - Author

Apr. 10 2016, Updated 8:57 p.m. ET

It was officially confirmed that the shooting at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, was, indeed, a murder-suicide. The identities of the two men were released and further information also concludes that Technical Sgt. Steven D. Bellino had recently went AWOL after failing a water endurance test, which was a part of the pararescue training, My San Antonio reports.

According to a veteran officer, Lt. Col. William “Bill” Schroeder went out swinging during a confrontation with Technical Sgt. Steven D. Bellino. Schroeder allegedly sacrificed his life to save a non-commissioned officer.

Tech Sgt. Bellino was facing disciplinary action for going AWOL after he failed a water endurance test, necessary for his pararescue training.

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The U.S. Air Force described Lt. Col. Schroeder as being 39-years-old and originally from Ames, Iowa. Schroeder was a veteran operations commander and the victim in this unfortunate tragedy.


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