The above reports depict some of the details of the Fairchild Hospital Shooting.
The book: Warnings Unheeded is the complete story.
On 20 June 1994, a mass murder occurred at the Fairchild Air Force Base, hospital near Spokane, Washington. The gunman had mental health issues when he joined the US Air Force in 1992.
He was referred to Mental Health doctors during Air Force Basic Military Training and again at his Technical School. Doctors recommended his discharge but he was allowed to progress through his training.
At his first duty station, Fairchild AFB, his roommate complained about his perverse and anti-social behavior and he was again referred to Mental Health. The base Psychologist and Psychiatrist strongly recommended his discharge from the Air Force. Their recommendations were overruled and he was retained. He obsessed over his roommates' complaint being in his permanent record, calling it a crime against humanity.
When he was referred to them again, Fairchild's Mental Health doctors sent him to the Psychiatric Ward at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. Over a period of three months he was diagnosed with several disqualifying mental health issues. The would-be gunman again avoided discharge and was assigned to Cannon AFB, New Mexico.
Not long after his arrival at Cannon his strange behavior led to his discharge from the Air Force for a personality disorder. He returned to Spokane and on the afternoon of 20 June 1994, he entered the Fairchild hospital with a rifle seeking the two doctors who he blamed for the ruination of his career.
Several men, women and children were shot. Those who were not physically wounded have long suffered the scars of mental trauma.
As history repeats itself, there are lessons to be learned.
For information on the book: Warnings Unheeded.
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