woke up to terrible news from
sergeant apparently went on a solo rampage and killed over a dozen afghan civilians including children outside of kandahar.
the immediate threat of reprisals, this news has now led even more americans to question the mission itself. what america is still doing there and what long ago became our
. we talked to the
british prime minister
about it here in
. but first here tonight, we have two reports, beginning with nbc news pentagon correspondent,
. good evening.
good evening, brian. military officials here are convince that had this u.s. soldier acted alone in what a senior pentagon official calls a
. the scene was horrific. evidence say military officials of one soldier's rage. 16 civilians were killed when the
went on a shooting rampage in a small village south of kandahar. he left his remote outpost at about
. and walked more than a mile to reach his target. then in a premeditated, methodical manner went
door to door
shooting his victims as they slept. among them, nine children, one only 2 years old. was this child the taliban, cried this woman, i have never seen a 2-year-old taliban. witnesses point to a blood-spattered wall and a charred floor where they say the soldier wrapped some of the children in a blanket and set them on fire, spent bullet cartridges were gathered for evidence. an afghan soldier had reported the american had left the outpost. but by the time the army formed a search party, it was too late. at the u.n. today, secretary of state
condemned the attack and promised justice.
a full investigation is under way a suspect is in custody. and we will hold anyone found responsible fully accountable.
the suspect, whose name has not been released, is home based at
outside seattle. he's a 38-year-old army staff sergeant who served three combat tours in iraq before arriving in
last december. he's married with two children. out of fear of reprisals, the army has the family under tight security on the base. while off base,
soldiers were both stunned and outraged by the news.
i can't think of anybody in the world who would say going and killing 16, 18 civilians and children is okay anywhere in the world. much less when you're wearing that
this tragic incident has sparked cries to get
two-thirds of the
essentially don't support this operation in
. we've got a problem. and terminating it without a catastrophe.
said today while the shooting incident is heartbreaking and tragic, he's still committed to bringing
home on his timetable and in a responsible manner. the big question tonight is, why did this soldier suddenly and apparently snap? army investigators are looking into the possibility that it's somehow connected to a traumatic brain injury the soldier suffered while in iraq. now, the suspect himself is not providing any clues since being taken into custody. he hasn't said a word, brian.
starting us off from the pentagon tonight, jim,