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Update: U.S. troops among theater victims, Aurora shooter not in the military

The Department of Defense has now released a statement about the four service members involved in last night’s tragedy. One sailor remains unaccounted for, officials said.

Though suspected shooter James Holmes was wearing ballistic gear and armor when he entered the theater, according to police reports, he had no past or present affiliation with the military, the Pentagon said.

Here’s the statement:

”     The Department of Defense is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic incident at the Aurora Mall Movie Theater in Aurora, Colo.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those impacted by this event.

One sailor was injured and one, known to have been at the theatre that evening, is currently unaccounted for.  Two airmen were injured in the incident.  The Navy and the Air Force are working with the families of these service members to ensure they have the care and attention they need.

We can also confirm that the alleged gunman in this incident, James Holmes, is not a past or current member of any branch or component of the U.S. Armed Forces. “

Several news outlets are reporting  that U.S. troops may be among the 50 victims killed or injured during the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. last night.

Colorado Springs is home to the Fort Carson Army post, which is base for thousands of active soldiers, as well as elements of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and Army National Guard.

The DoD has a strict policy that prevents release of such information until 24 hours after family members have been notified, but I’ve called the Pentagon for the latest information as it comes available.

 

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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