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Fort Campbell Soldier Charged in Shooting
Associated Press  |  December 01, 2005
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A Soldier accused of opening fire on fellow Soldiers six weeks ago has been charged with attempted murder, Fort Campbell officials said Wednesday. No one was wounded.

Pvt. Nicholas D. Mikel, 21, also was charged with attempted rape, stemming from an incident the day before the Oct. 13 shooting, the Army post said in a statement.

Mikel was accused of firing five shots into the group of Soldiers who were doing early-morning physical training. There were no injuries.

Fort Campbell officials said at the time that the suspect, arrested shortly after the shooting, had a handgun that was not issued by the military. The suspect's name was not released at the time.

Mikel, of DeBary, Fla., joined the Army in October 2003, said Fort Campbell spokeswoman Cathy Gramling. She declined to comment on a possible motive for the shooting.

"That would be speculation, and we can't speculate on the case," she said.

Mikel faces 42 counts of premeditated attempted murder and four of attempted murder, Fort Campbell said. He faces other charges, including larceny for the alleged theft of a government laptop computer and failure to obey an order by wrongfully possessing and failing to register a privately owned weapon.

Soldiers living in barracks at Fort Campbell are allowed to have private weapons, but the guns must be registered and stored in their units' arms rooms, Gramling said.

The charges were forwarded to the rear detachment commander for the 101st Airborne Division. The commander ordered a pretrial investigation, which was under way, officials said.

Fort Campbell, a sprawling military base on the Kentucky-Tennessee line, is home to the 101st Airborne Division as well as Special Forces. Soldiers from the post have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

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