The subject of a criminal investigation surrounding the shooting of two Soldiers who were members of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade has been identified as Spc. Ricky G. Elder, an infantryman from Hutchinson, Kansas. He died of self-inflicted injuries on June 29 after receiving treatment at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C.
Elder, 27, was recently charged with larceny of a toolkit valued at $1,700 and was pending court martial for that charge. Charges had been referred but his trial had not been scheduled.
Elder enlisted in the Army in 2004 and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, Alaska; and 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; before being assigned to 525th BfSB in June 2010.
Elder deployed to Iraq from October 2006 to November 2007 and to Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011.