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PostSubject: Shooting at Fort Hood   Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:42 pm

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Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military base in a murderous rampage that officials believe was carried out by an Army officer.

The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, told Fox News that military sources informed her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq.

The shooter was killed and two other suspects, who are also soldiers, have been apprehended, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone said.

Hasan allegedly opened fire and killed 11 people on the base before he was shot, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12.

The general said there were "eyewitness accounts of more than one shooter," and the others were tracked to an adjacent facility.

Cone called the attack "a terrible tragedy, stunning." He said the community was "absolutely devastated."

President Obama called the Fort Hood shootings a "horrific outburst of violence."

"It is difficult enough to lose" soldiers overseas, but it is "horrifying that they should lose their lives at an Army base in the U.S.," he said.

"My prayers are with the wounded and the families of the fallen," said the president.

President Obama also offered his help to Cone.

"We know this is a tremendous tragedy down there," the president told Gen. Cone, according to a White House official. "Our thoughts are with you and all your soldiers."

The Senate and the House of Representatives held a moment of silence this evening for the victims of the Fort Hood massacre.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered flags be flown at half mast until Sunday.

Cone said the motive for the attack, which took place just after 1:30 p.m. CT, is unclear.

Fort Hood, located just 60 miles north from Austin, is the largest U.S. military installation in the world, and has suffered the greatest number of casualities of all American bases in the war on Iraq.

The base is a 340 sq. mile facility located in Killeen, Texas and is home to the 1st Cavalry Division, which was one of the first groups of soldiers deployed to Iraq.

Cone said that a gunman entered a facility known as the Soldier Readiness Facility, where soldiers who are preparing to deploy go for last minute medical check ups and dental treatment. Sources told ABC News that the soldiers gathered there were getting ready to deploy to Iraq.

The gunman used two handguns, Cone said. He wasn't sure if the shooter reloaded the weapons during the attack.

"The gunman opened fire and essentially due to the quick respond of the police forces was killed," said Cone.

The shooter was killed by civilian law enforcement and one police officer died in the shootout, Cone said.

The gunman's suspected accomplices were taken into custody in an adjacent facility known as the old SportsDome Complex.

Schools on the base has also been placed on lockdown. A message on Fort Hood's public affairs office Web site reads, "Organizations/units are instructed to execute a 100 percent accountability of all personnel. This is not a Drill. It is an Emergency Situation."

According to a source on the base, it is rare for firearms to be on the base because they are locked up.

Homeland Security said it is still gathering information and that the "Army is taking the lead" as of now. FBI agents from Waco and Austin, Texas, are being deployed to the scene.

An army spokesman said that unit commanders have been instructed to account for all of their personnel.

"The immediate concern is to make sure that all of our soldiers and family members are safe and that's what commanders have been instructed to do," said Jay Adams of First Army, Division West, located at Fort Hood.

The CounterTerrorist Unit said they have "no word" yet on whether this incident was terrorism-related.

At least six victims are being treated at the Metroplex Hospital five miles away. Area hospitals are all requesting blood donations to treat victims.

According to icasulaties.org, 483 soldier deaths from Fort Hood since war started. Fort Hood has suffered more deaths in Iraq than any other US home base.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting at Fort Hood   Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:55 pm

Ft. Hood Suspect ID'd as Army Psychiatrist

Military officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July.

The officials had access to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's military record. They said he received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because military records are confidential.

A source told the CBS News Investigates team that Hasan was a licensed psychiatrist in Bethesda, Md. He was a drug and rehab specialist who got his Virginia psychiatry license July 12, 2005.

The Virginia-born soldier was single with no children. He was 39 years old.

Austin's Statesman.com reports that Jeff Sadosky, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, said the senator had been told that Hasan was upset about his upcoming deployment to Iraq.

Officials says it was not clear what Hasan's religion was, but investigators are trying to determine if Hasan was his birth name or if he may have changed his name and converted to the Islamic faith at some point.

A person who identified himself as Hasan’s first cousin called into Shepard Smith’s show on FOX News and said that Hasan had always been Muslim. The caller told Smith that Hasan was a “good American” and both parents were Americans, but that the things he had heard working with patients likely took a toll on him.

The cousin also told Smith that Hasan was ridiculed for his name and heritage despite the fact that he was American.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC 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, Md., in 2001. At Walter Reed, he did his internship, residency and a fellowship.

According to the Army Times, Hasan was promoted to Major, medical corps on April 22, 2009.

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PostSubject: Re: Shooting at Fort Hood   Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:24 pm

I think this is incredibly sad both for the victims and their families but also for the chap himself.

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PostSubject: Re: Shooting at Fort Hood   Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:23 pm

candles It's a horrible event.

I can't can't imagine a base of that scale not having armed MP's.
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting at Fort Hood   Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:37 pm

The shooter is alive now apparently. They changed their story from three and him being one of them and dead to him working alone and being alive and on a ventilator now...
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting at Fort Hood   Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:47 pm

As the official Texas correspondent of The Dark Realm, all I can report is...

WTF?!?!
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting at Fort Hood   Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:18 am

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candles It's a horrible event.

I can't can't imagine a base of that scale not having armed MP's.

They do. But they also don't question Commissioned Officers that in detail. And the fact that handguns are easy to hide. There's not any metal detectors or anything like that there. At the gates they just check your id and ask why you're there. I've been to fort hood before, it was the same there as it was at fort leonard wood, the DLI, fort ord, and fort huachuca.
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