Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gunman's Health Probed Marine Recruiter Rejected Teenager

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gunman's Health Probed Marine Recruiter Rejected Teenager

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- A Marine Corps spokesman said yesterday that Eric Harris, one of the teen gunmen in the Columbine High School massacre, had tried to enlist but was told by a recruiter visiting his home on April 15 that he had been rejected.

"He was disqualified for a medical reason," 1st Lt. Jeff Sammons said from Quantico, Va.

Investigators said they were interested in whether Harris' condition could be linked to the massacre.

Harris, 18, who had been contacted by the Marines in a routine recruiting call, had failed to disclose that medical factor during a telephone screening April 2 and a face-to-face interview April 5, Sammons said.

However, Harris' parents told the recruiter about the medical situation, he said.

A Harris family friend, Victor Good, told The New York Times that the teen had been taking psychiatric medication -- a potentially disqualifying factor -- and seeing a psychiatrist.

Meanwhile yesterday, three teenagers detained outside the school during last week's massacre have been cleared as suspects in the investigation, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Investigators had said gunman Dylan Klebold's girlfriend, Robyn Anderson, purchased two of the weapons used in the April 20 attack that left 15 dead, including the gunmen. Yesterday they confirmed she bought three -- two shotguns and a rifle -- last fall. A semiautomatic TEC DC-9 handgun used in the attack has not yet been traced.

"She did buy the long guns," sheriff's spokesman Steve Davis said. "Did she supply the weapons to them with some idea of what they were planning to do with them? That's still one of the major things we want to find out."

Authorities have repeatedly said Anderson is considered a witness and not a suspect.

On Tuesday, Sheriff John Stone told The Associated Press that the three young men who were taken into custody in combat fatigues were "subjects of our investigation." Davis said yesterday they have been questioned at least twice and are not considered suspects. …

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