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Report: Sniper Investigation Could Have Fort Bragg Connection

Posted October 14, 2002

— FBI agents reportedly want information about people who attended an Army sniper course at Fort Bragg.

The information is needed in connection with the search for the serial sniper in the Washington, D.C. area.

According to


, the FBI asked the Department of Defense to search records from Fort Bragg's Special Operations Target Interdiction Course.

Investigators are looking for rejected applicants or former students with psychological problems.

The SOTIC course trains Special Forces soldiers to deliver precision rifle fire. According to a description of the course, students learn observation techniques, judging distance, advanced camouflage and concealment techniques and stalking, tracking and counter tracking.

The six-week course is open to active Army and reserve soldiers assigned to a Special Forces detachment or Ranger company.

Students have to report with medical records and a psychological evaluation. There must be no history of drug or alcohol abuse.

The FBI is also reportedly checking records at the U.S. Army sniper school at Fort Benning, Ga.

Ten people have been shot this month. Eight were killed.


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