Witness: Soldiers cried out when hit by gunfire



FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A soldier testifying at a hearing for a U.S. soldier accused of killing five fellow service members in Iraq says he heard soldiers crying out as they were hit by gunfire.

Sgt. John Russell is accused of opening fire at a combat stress clinic near Baghdad in May 2009. He’s facing charges that include premeditated murder.

Sgt. Dominic Morales testified Tuesday that he and two other soldiers took cover in an office as Russell walked through the clinic shooting. Morales says he heard soldiers who were hit crying out “oh God, oh God.”

The hearing at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas will determine if Russell faces a military trial. The Navy commander and four soldiers killed were from North Carolina, Missouri, New Jersey, Maryland and Texas. Russell grew up in Texas.