Fox News is reporting on their broadcast that Jimmy Lee Dykes has been killed “after some sort of explosion” (it sounds like a suicide) and the five-year-old that he’s been holding is safe. (No links anywhere yet)
Fox also says that Jimmy Lee Dykes was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam era with a Vietnam service ribbin of some sort, so I may have been wrong. But he was a aviation mechanic, so I still don’t know how being a veteran had anything to do with this situation. Unless the ice cream machine on the mess deck had broken down for an entire day, or his hunt aboard ship for an ice cold Coke drove him to madness.
Here’s an ABC link. They call him a “decorated Vietnam vet”. According to Fox, his highest award was a Good Conduct Medal – so yeah he was decorated, but barely.