Man Opened Fire on Military Recruiting Office After Being Rejected

By Faye Higbee

Greenboro, NC – There’s something to be said about the reasons why a person might be rejected from service in the US military. James Alexander Cooper, 36, was arrested shortly after opening fire on an occupied Military Recruiting office. No one was injured.

Posted by Recruiter Times on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Greensboro Police spokesman Ron Glenn stated that Cooper fired shots in to the military recruiting office at around 6 p.m. on Dec 14. At the time of the incident there were six service members inside – 4 Marines and 2 Navy recruiters were present at the time. No one was injured. As of Thursday, Cooper was being held on $160,000 bond in the Greensboro jail.

He had visited the military recruiting office numerous times in recent weeks. Cooper was repeatedly rejected from service in the US military, and though there is no “official” reason given, there are some hints. The Military Recruiting office in Greensboro houses Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force branches. He was rejected, likely because a) he was over the standard age for recruits (17-35), and B) because he had a criminal record.

Kelli Bland, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Recruiting Command, confirmed Thursday that the “suspect in police custody had applied to join the Army and was disqualified.” She said she could not disclose why he was ineligible to enlist.

It was not clear Thursday whether Cooper had attempted to enlist in any other military services. Capt. Ryan Lowcher, a spokesman for the Marine Corps, said Cooper had not tried to join the Marines.

Court records show Cooper faces other pending felony charges in North Carolina. They include multiple counts of failure to appear in court, auto theft, and charges related to fraud and forgery. The auto theft charges were filed by law enforcement in other parts of North Carolina — Nash and Wake counties. Such pending charges would typically disqualify an applicant from joining the military.


Cooper is charged with 1) a felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied building and 2) multiple misdemeanors and 3) six counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

The ballistic changes made to all recruiting offices after the Chattanooga tragedy worked as they were supposed to, according to officials.


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