Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Accused Fort Hood shooter to face 32 counts of attempted murder

(CNN) -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood massacre, will face an additional 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, Army officials said Wednesday.
Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, already has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder for the 13 people who were fatally shot at the Army post on November 5.

The 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder are related to 30 soldiers and two civilians injured in the shooting, according to a Fort Hood news release.
Additional charges are possible, the statement said.
Hasan, who was wounded by two civilian officers, is being treated at a hospital. His lawyer says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

The incident prompted military brass at Fort Hood to tighten security procedures and expand mental health services.
A key congressional committee also opened an investigation into the Fort Hood shootings with a pledge to find out if authorities failed to "connect the dots" and could have prevented the attack.
Among other things, a memo reportedly written two years ago by Hasan's supervisor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center says Hasan demonstrated "a pattern of poor judgment and a lack of professionalism" during his residency at the hospital.
CNN could not corroborate the authenticity of the memo, which was obtained by National Public Radio.

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