A delegation of the Afghan parliament members who visited Kandahar province said at least 15 US troops were behind the assassination of 16 Afghan villagers at Panjwai district in this province.
It appears that the search party sent out to find the missing shooter has been conflated with that shooter. At this time the person in custody as the suspected shooter is Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.
The linked article shows the importance of a military force engaged in the kind of war Afghanistan is having an excellent information operations program.♠ The recent series of events show that our forces have not been able to build a reservoir of good will amongst the various tribes in Afghanistan. That said, the lack of nation-wide reaction to the shooting event suggests we haven't completely failed in that area.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Or whatever Washington is calling it this week. I think it is MISO, or Military Information Support Operations.