MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS IN SHOOTING
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There's a lot more than meets the eye in the tragic shooting of Lt. Col.William Schroeder at Joint-Base San Antonio-Lackland earlier this week. He was slain in his office by a seemingly crazed gunman who also fired a round (and missed) at the commander's female first sergeant.
That shooter, wielding two Glock handguns, has been identified as 41 year-old Steven D. Bellino, a former FBI Agent. The prior service Army veteran then used his weapon to commit suicide.
It's too bad he didn't just off himself and spare Schroeder's life.
WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE TO KILL?
The Air Force has been reluctant to give out many details, so we have utilized our CI's on base to help fill in some of the blanks. There's more questions than answers to this case. Starting with, what was Bellino's motive?
We do know that he was a para-rescue trainee who failed the water endurance test and then went AWOL to his home in Ohio. We are told he turned himself in and was going to accept non-judicial punishment.
In the hallway at Forbes Hall, the killer asked Schroeder's top kick to take him in to see the commander of the 342nd Training Squadron. Once there, Bellino pulled two handguns and, according to an MCC source, the colonel shouted "RUN" to his female first sergeant.
As she took off, Bellino shot at her once and missed, then turned his guns on the charging colonel who tried to wrestle him to the floor. During the struggle, Schroeder,39, was shot three times in the arm before suffering a fatal bullet wound to his head. Bellino then killed himself.
QUESTIONS THAT DEMAND ANSWERS
There's lots of questions that haven't been answered, so here goes:
Is it true that Bellino was an Iraq war Army veteran who joined the FBI but was forced to resign after two years as a G-Man? What kind of trouble did he get into there?
Why did Bellino re-enter the military as a mid-level NCO? He enlisted in the Air Force in June 2015 to become a para-rescue. Wasn't he, past age 40, a little long in the tooth to take on such strenuous and psychologically challenging training?
Reportedly, he failed the water endurance test and subsequently took off, away without leave. Wouldn't a former Army NCO, combat veteran in Iraq and FBI agent know better than to do that?
Finally, and this will get us a lot of adverse e-mails, if Schroeder's first sergeant had been, let's say, a six foot tall, 190 pound male non-com, would the colonel have felt the need to tell him to flee? Wouldn't the odds of survival been evened up a bit, if the first shirt and Schroeder been able to team up to take down the supposed psycho before he could kill anyone or himself? Just asking.
There's a lot of holes in this story so far, and the Air Force public affairs office needs to get their act together fast. We welcome any information you, dear reader, may have, Let us hear from you soon. Thank you.