Infantryman Ricky G. Elder of Hutchinson, Kansas, identified as the gunman who shot and killed a battalion commander at Fort Bragg in North Carolina before turning the gun on himself, has died, according to military officials. He was receiving treatment at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, when he succumbed to his self-inflicted injuries. Twenty-seven-year-old Elder opened fire during a safety briefing on June 28, killing lieutenant colonel Roy L. Tisdale, the decorated commander of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. According to a press release from Fort Bragg, Elder had been recently charged for stealing a toolkit worth $1,700, and faced a court martial. Elder enlisted in 2004 and served two tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Photo: Fort Bragg
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