12 killed in Fort Hood shootings; Fort Gordon monitoring situation

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 4:04 PM
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FORT HOOD, Texas -- An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood, Texas, Army post Thursday, authorities said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

This photo from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Web Site shows Nidal Malik Hasan. Military officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday Nov. 5, 2009 was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.  AP
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This photo from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Web Site shows Nidal Malik Hasan. Military officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday Nov. 5, 2009 was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guard, said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. "I would say his death is not imminent," Cone said. Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was shot at least four times.

The man was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old, eight-year veteran from Virginia.

President Barack Obama called the shooting at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, "a horrific outburst of violence."

"It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas," the commander in chief said. "It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."

There was no official word on motive. Hasan had transferred to Fort Hood in July from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said generals at Fort Hood told her that Hasan was about to deploy overseas. Retired Col. Terry Lee, who said he had worked with Hasan, told Fox News he was being sent to Afghanistan.

Lee said Hasan had hoped Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq and got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars.

Officials were investigating whether Hasan was his birth name or if he may have changed his name, possibly as part of a conversion to Islam. However, they were not certain of his religion.

Video from the scene showed police patrolling the area with handguns and rifles, ducking behind buildings for cover. Sirens could be heard wailing while a woman's voice on a public-address system urged people to take cover.

"I was confused and just shocked," said Spc. Jerry Richard, 27, who works at the center but was not on duty during the shooting. "Overseas you are ready for it. But here you can't even defend yourself."

Soldiers at Fort Hood don't carry weapons unless they are doing training exercises.

The Rev. Greg Schannep was about to head into a graduation ceremony when a man in uniform approached him, warning him that someone had opened fire. Schannep heard three volleys of gunfire and saw people running.

"There was a burst of shots and more bursts of shots and people running everywhere," said Schannep, who works for local Congressman John Carter.

The uniformed man who had warned him ran to the theater. Schannep said he could see the man's back was bloodied from a wound. The man survived, was treated and will be fine, Schanepp said.

Cone said initially three people were held, and all have been interviewed. Authorities believe, however, that there was a single shooter.

The Soldier Readiness Center holds hundreds of people and is one of the most populated parts of the base, said Steve Moore, a spokesman for III Corps at Fort Hood. Nearby there are barracks and a food center where there are fast food chains.

The wounded were dispersed among hospitals in central Texas, Cone said. Their identities, and the identities of the dead, were not immediately released.

Amber Bahr, 19, was shot in the stomach but was in stable condition, said her mother, Lisa Pfund of Wisconsin.

"We know nothing, just that she was shot in the belly," Pfund told The Associated Press. She couldn't provide more details and only spoke with emergency personnel.

Hasan was single with no children. He graduated from Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2001 and was at Walter Reed for six years for his internship, residency and a fellowship.

The attack happened just down the road from one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. On Oct. 16, 1991, George Hennard smashed his pickup truck through a Luby's Cafeteria window in Killeen, Texas, and fired on the lunchtime crowd with a high-powered pistol, killing 22 people and wounding at least 20 others.

No other shooting at a military base in the U.S. has been anywhere near as deadly as Thursday's. In 1993, a gunman at Fort Knox shot five civilian co-workers, killing three, and then fatally shot himself.

Around the country, some bases stepped up security precautions, but no others were locked down.

Covering 339 square miles (878 sq. kilometers), Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States. Home to about 52,000 troops as of earlier this year, it is located halfway between Austin and Waco.

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Notreally
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Notreally 11/05/09 - 05:28 pm
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OMG I hope the shooters don't

OMG I hope the shooters don't say they were acting out according to what something Glenn Beck has said.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/05/09 - 05:35 pm
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What kind of crackhead

What kind of crackhead statement is that?

pommom38
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pommom38 11/05/09 - 05:58 pm
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It is now at 12 dead, 31

It is now at 12 dead, 31 wounded. Guess the pressure of war is entirely to much for some soldiers, if that is the reason why this happened.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 11/05/09 - 06:17 pm
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And the president, in his

And the president, in his statement, mentions this as an afterthought just now on tv!! It was as unemotional and unfeeling as anything I have ever seen. Unbelievable - the shooter is a muslim convert - just look to ATL - they are right under our noses and no one does anything about it - by their own core beliefs we are "infidels" only worthy of death.

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asustudent75 11/05/09 - 06:17 pm
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Just horrible news.

Just horrible news.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/05/09 - 06:27 pm
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PROUD2BEALIAR, why must your

PROUD2BEALIAR, why must your hatred of this man make you tell an obvious lie. I am on my way to Ft. Hood now and do not need an idiot like you using this tragedy as a political issue.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 11/05/09 - 06:27 pm
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Did you see the president on

Did you see the president on television just now re the shooting at Ft. Hood??
He went on making partisan comments on healthcare and then mentioned this
tragedy as an afterthought!!

This should really come as no surprise, and when the shooting breaks out down
the road from us we have no one else to blame. This shooter is a Muslim convert
who by his own core belief sees us as nothing more than infidels worthy of death.
Read it for yourself in the Koran.

Again, we have no one but ourselves to blame as the Muslims build mosque after
mosque in Atlanta and Canada. They have us on the north and the south boundary.
Not a coincidence.

The mayor of Lilburn tries to sell out not only her
own property but the zoning regulations in the name of money offered to her by the
Muslims wanting to build yet another massive mosque. What will it take to wake us
up, or is it already too late to avoid a massacre?

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 11/05/09 - 06:29 pm
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Dear ispy4u - Amazing how

Dear ispy4u - Amazing how someone who calls another an "idiot" and a liar can accuse someone else of hate for having an opinion based on what was just witnessed on television! An "idiot"? I think in anyone's book that is pretty hateful speech. Sorry to upset you.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 11/05/09 - 06:32 pm
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ispy4u - I just cannot

ispy4u - I just cannot believe the anger and hatefulness in your post. It is just that kind of attitude that tries to suppress others from expressing a difference in opinion for fear of angry people like yourself calling THEM "hateful liars". We still live in a country with freedom of speech; that includes those with whom you may not be in agreement.

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crackerjack 11/05/09 - 06:48 pm
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This recently converted

This recently converted Muslim (the peaceful religion) is an Army Major that didn't want to be deployed, so he killed as many infidels as possible.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/05/09 - 06:51 pm
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I have spent nearly 30 years

I have spent nearly 30 years defending free speech. But I will not defend your using the tragedy at Ft. Hood for political gain. I just got back from Ft. Hood and I am still assigned to 3 Corps and you attempts at making President Obama look bad by using their deaths is despicable to say the least.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/05/09 - 06:52 pm
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Okay, and he was killed too.

Okay, and he was killed too. As he should have been.

Mac
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Mac 11/05/09 - 06:53 pm
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Soldiers are trained to kill.

Soldiers are trained to kill. Should be no surprise that they use their training to solve problems they have encountered. It's no big deal. Killing is in their nature no matter where their training is deployed.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 11/05/09 - 07:02 pm
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ispy4u - - We are judged by

ispy4u - - We are judged by our own actions. Please do not, in your anger and hatefulness, accuse me of "attempts at making President Obama look bad by using their deaths" - - that is absurd and unfounded. This is a tremendous tragedy and was casually addressed by our president as all could see on television. Facts are facts - no one is looking for "political gain". please...

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 11/05/09 - 07:04 pm
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"it's no big deal" - - "he

"it's no big deal" - - "he was killed too" - - amazing....sad...as though no one else will be affected...desensitized to say the least.

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elizaw 11/05/09 - 07:11 pm
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OMG! proud2b what an awful

OMG! proud2b what an awful statement you are making, we defend people like you and you come out making statements like that. It really makes me angry at how we go overseas to defend people like you and you just say anything. And have the nerve to have a name proud 2 b american, please!!!

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Roeschen 11/05/09 - 07:18 pm
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ispy4u - nobody has to

ispy4u - nobody has to attempt to make obama look bad. he does that very well on his own. his utter lack of concern for the soldiers who protect our way of life is showing every day when he refuses to follow the advice of his generals in Afghanistan. Of course, if someone asked him to appear on Oprah, he would jump at that. Too bad he can't make any other type of decisions.

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corgimom 11/05/09 - 07:29 pm
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"Pressure of war" nothing.

"Pressure of war" nothing. This was a premediated attack, and there was other people involved. This is a terrorist attack.

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happychimer 11/05/09 - 07:40 pm
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President Obama is not going

President Obama is not going to stick a pacifier in your mouths. Our President is not to blame for these horrible shootings. CNN reports that the shooter was a mental health specialist. I am glad he was shot too.

elizaw
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elizaw 11/05/09 - 07:43 pm
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Thank you Happy!!!!

Thank you Happy!!!!

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 11/05/09 - 07:44 pm
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Be on the lookout for more

Be on the lookout for more sleepers. I don't care what kind of story they end up putting out about this, but this was done in the name of Islam. May not be politically correct. But it is what it is.

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/05/09 - 07:53 pm
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Yep..time to end this useless

Yep..time to end this useless war.

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imdstuf 11/05/09 - 07:58 pm
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We do not know yet if his

We do not know yet if his religion, fear of deployment, etc led to the shooting. Let us wait for an investigation. He may have just been flat unstable.

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Dixieman 11/05/09 - 08:00 pm
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This anti-military cr*p is

This anti-military cr*p is ridiculous. You people posting here don't know the difference between a warrior and a killer, which is profound. The shooter we know was a psychiatrist, and anyone who has ever been in the service knows they are hardly soldiers. Also - dare I say this? - seems to have a Muslim name.

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30cal 11/05/09 - 08:03 pm
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my heart goes out to those

my heart goes out to those troops and their faimilys.(10 yr. army vet)but O.B. did a sh1t job. no tela prompter. And yes you can bet this will happen again soon,the religion of peace,is embedded,even in our military.deport them all or better yet give them tickets to see meca &alai

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dstewartsr 11/05/09 - 08:04 pm
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Another murderous muslim.

Another murderous muslim. What a surprise. I also note the article does not use that word, instead using the roundabout phrase, "the Islamic faith." When Obama went on television, he also skipped over that part, but what is to be expected? He speaks for '...my fellow muslims," not on behalf of the murdered soldiers. If the terrorist had not been killed, you can bet he would have been pardoned.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/05/09 - 08:05 pm
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Dixie all people with muslim

Dixie all people with muslim names are not criminals.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 11/05/09 - 08:11 pm
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Yeah, but so many terrorists

Yeah, but so many terrorists just happen to be Muslim.

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corgimom 11/05/09 - 08:26 pm
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They aren't Muslims, any more

They aren't Muslims, any more than Nazi skinheads are Christian. They justify what they do in the name of religion, but the only people they fool are themselves. Evil people do that, and it's not limited to Muslims.

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CobaltGeorge 11/05/09 - 08:38 pm
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proud2bamerican, Roeschen, I

proud2bamerican, Roeschen, I was going to make a heavy post but why when both of you have said it all. Why repeat my feelings. (Yep..time to end this useless war.
Posted by Dental Assistant on Thu Nov 5, 2009 6:53 PM ) Right so we can have this happening on a daily basis. The speach by this great CIC today really shows what kind of CIC he really is.

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