Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- Family members told police that the Lilburn man who shot two neighbors before turning the gun on himself during a four-hour SWAT standoff Wednesday night was a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to police, 27-year-old Dennis Dugger, complaining that his upstairs neighbors were making too much noise, fired rounds into his ceiling Wednesday. He then proceeded to make his way upstairs and fire more shots into the apartment door of the victims, forcing entry inside before shooting again, this time into the door of the bathroom where the couple had barricaded themselves.
Using robotic technology to break Dugger's door down, SWAT team members found him dead inside his apartment almost four hours after the incident began.
Dugger was a veteran of the Marine Corps, spending three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, family told police.
Dugger's mother could not be reached at her Virgin Islands home Thursday.
According to a study released by United States Army researchers earlier this year, up to 31 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq reported experiencing some form of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Fourteen percent of those veterans reported that those symptoms had caused severe problems in their daily lives.
The victims of Wednesday's incident, identified Thursday as 19-year-old Keyla Rubio and 20-year-old Brian J. Sarachini, were wounded but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
They were expected to be released soon, police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.