APNewsbreak: Official says VA shooter was retired soldier

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the alleged shooter who killed a doctor at a West Texas veterans' clinic Tuesday was a retired Army solider.

The official says the gunman was medically retired from the Army in 2007, and left at the rank of specialist. The shooter, 50, received an honorable discharge from the military.

The FBI was interviewing hundreds of potential witnesses Wednesday to determine the motive for the shooting. The gunman was also shot dead in the Tuesday afternoon incident at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System clinic on Fort Bliss.

The official said the doctor was a psychologist at the clinic. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. so spoke on condition of anonymity.