ROBERT BALES: 8-Year-Old Witness Tells Media Outlet He Wasn't Alone

The child told SBS Dateline in Australia that other Americans were present during the rampage that left 17 people dead earlier this month in Afghanistan.

Could accused Afghanistan shooter been part of a group of Americans who conducted a nighttime killing spree earlier this month?

According to an interview with Yalda Hakim, a journalist with SBS Dateline of Australia, an 8-year-old witness to the killings claims the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier and Lake Tapps man wasn't acting alone.

According to MSNBC, the children whom Hakim interviewed said other Americans were there holding flashlights:

Noorbinak, 8, told Hakim that the shooter first shot her father’s dog. Then, Noorbinak said in the video, he shot her father in the foot and dragged her mother by the hair. When her father started screaming, he shot her father, the child says. Then he turned the gun on Noorbinak and shot her in the leg ...

A brother of one victim told Hakim that his brother’s children mentioned more than one soldier wearing a headlamp. They also had lights at the end of their guns, he said.

“They don’t know whether there were 15 or 20, however many there were,” he said in the video.

It's unclear whether the Army will consider the information in its investigation into the killings, for which Bales, 38, has been charged with . He is currently being held in pre-trial confinement at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

John Hancock March 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
This guy deserves the death penalty. He can blame it on PTSD I was deployed in the same area of Afghanistan and was on my third deployment. I was blown up over there by an IED I lost friends of mine and seen my own Soldiers wounded on several occasions. I was also wounded over there but it does give anyone the right to kill women and children. I have really been disappointed to wear this uniform because of these few idiots in the past months.
Brent Champaco March 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Thanks for the comment, John. More importantly, thanks for your service. Just curious - Do you remember a time when any of your fellow soldiers acted out because of their PTSD while actually deployed? I've heard of people shutting down because of it, but not so much acting out where it harms or kills other people.
John Hancock March 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Sir, in my last statement I did not mean to write it gives someone the right to kill innocent people. Anyways on many occasions I have acted out and my behavior has changed but not once in my life would I have thought to kill innocent people. I have expressed anger towards Afghan people at times when I seen fellow Soldiers blown up in an IED explosion in front of an Afghans house and the owner of the house told me that he did not know there was an IED 10 feet in front of his home. That there was wire coming from the IED onto his property that the individual detonated. I have gotten frustrated with the people over there but when it boils down to it that is just plain murder what Robert Bales did. I would like to know where the combat outpost this idiot lived on in Afghanistan because that would explain a lot to how freely that he and his platoon could of left his post and came back on without anyone knowing.
John Hancock March 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I have seen my Soldiers do some off the wall things but it's not my place to say anything and it's against the law for me to say something. The only reason I'm talking right now is that I'm tired of hearing Robert Bales attorney condone his actions because PTSD. That is the biggest copout I have ever heard. Robert Bales needs to take responsibility for his actions and if there was other parties involved he needs to give up those individuals also, or you just have murderers that just started their 9 month deployment in Afghanistan running free to do this again. I'm not a big fan of Afghanistan or their people, but by me raising my right hand over and over. I was given the choice to get out of a volunteer military or stay in and go to war again and I chose and we all chose to go to war.
Brent Champaco March 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thanks John. No, I definitely value your input, which is a perspective few of us actually have. You were deployed and saw things that none of us have seen, so I was curious what your observations were. That's all. Thanks again for your input and your service.


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