Frankfurt Airport Shooting: RIP Heroes, Praying for Speedy Recovery to Those Who Were Injured (bumped/sticky)

Airmen who were murdered by a Muslim terrorist identified:

Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback of Stanardsville, Va.

Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden of Williamston, S.C

RIP heroes. Our thought and prayers go out to family and friends of the fallen.


KARLSRUHE, Germany — U.S. Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden was standing outside of a bus at Frankfurt airport when a young man first asked him for a cigarette, then whether he was bound for Afghanistan.

When Alden answered yes, the 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian fatally shot him, point blank, in the back of the head, then stormed aboard the bus shouting “Allah Akbar” — Arabic for “God is great.” He shot and killed Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, who was at the wheel, then shot and injured two others, German authorities said Friday.

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Police escort a man in a blue overall, believed to be a terror suspect

Gunman Arid Uka then pointed his 9 mm pistol at another airman seated on the bus but the pistol jammed, prosecutor Rainer Griesbaum told reporters in Karlsruhe.[More..]

There were 6 cartridges remaining, had his pistol not jammed...


PITTSBURGH - A U.S. airman from western Pennsylvania was shot twice in a deadly attack on a military bus at a German airport but survived, his parents said Thursday.

Kristoffer Schneider, formerly of Irwin, was in stable condition after being shot in the head and in the back, his father, Kenneth "Bruce" Schneider, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Kristoffer Schneider, 25, was undergoing surgery on one of his eyes, his mother, Paula Schneider, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The son, a married father of two stationed in England, was on his way to Afghanistan with an Air Force unit when a gunman opened fire Wednesday at close range, killing two people and wounding two others.

I haven't seen any info on the other Airmen who were also injured.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with those injured and their families. May they make a speedy recovery.

Internet Haganah has more on shooter's 'friends'/'connections'. It's a must read

UPDATE: More info on Staff Sgt Schneider's injuriesstaff sgt kristoffer schneider 25.jpg

Paula and Bruce Schneider, whose son Staff Sgt. Kristoffer Schneider, 25was wounded in Germany, stand at their home in Irwin on Thursday

In Irwin, Paula Schneider said the couple first learned that their son had been wounded when his wife, Amanda, called at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, after the Air Force provided her with limited information. They knew he had been shot in the head and back, and was to undergo eye surgery Thursday.

It was difficult not to fear the worst, but Paula Schneider said they stayed focused on one truth: "I'm just thankful he's alive. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their boys."

The Schneiders breathed easier when Amanda called back with injury details. "He was hit in the forehead above the right eye. Luckily, it traveled down and didn't do any damage, and came out of his neck," Bruce Schneider said. "I was worried about brain damage."

Another bullet that hit Kristoffer in the buttocks must be removed but posed no major threat, his father said. Surgeons removed bone fragments from around his son's eye, but the pieces "didn't hit the optic nerve, and the swelling is coming down and is under control," he said.

Thank God

Posted by: Stable Hand at 11:18 PM


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