US soldier suspected of Afghan shooting spree

President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 on his plan to drawdown U.S. troops in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 on his plan to drawdown U.S. troops in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say it was an American Army soldier who may have shot as many as 16 Afghans before dawn on Sunday in southern Afghanistan.

Officials say the U.S. military there is treating at least five wounded.

President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of more than a dozen Afghans who were allegedly shot by a U.S. soldier on Sunday.

In a statement released by the White House, Obama called the attack "tragic and shocking." He also vowed "to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible."

Afghan officials reported that 16 people were killed, including nine children and three women, in the southern Kandahar province. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he told Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday that a suspect was in custody and that "we will bring those responsible to justice."


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