Thursday, November 5, 2009
The gunman, who officials initially said was killed, is wounded but alive.
Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said that man is believed to be the only shooter. Two other soldiers briefly taken into custody after the incident were later released, a spokesman said.
The gunman, who officials said was wounded by emergency personnel, was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a law enforcement source told CNN.
A graduate of Virginia Tech, Hasan was a psychiatrist who was licensed in Virginia and was practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, according to professional records. Previously, he worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
A federal official said Hasan is a U.S. citizen of Jordanian descent. Military documents show that Hasan was born in Virginia, and was never deployed outside the United States.
Hasan was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq "and appeared to be upset about that," Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said.
"I think that there is a lot of investigation going on now into his background and what he was doing that was not known before," Hutchison said.
At least 10 of the dead also were soldiers, Cone said.
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Army Says 12 Dead, 31 Wounded in Fort Hood Shooting (Update1)
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By Anthony Capaccio
Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Twelve people were killed and 31 wounded in shootings on the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, the Army said.
One shooter, a soldier, was killed, Lieutenant General Robert Cone, commander of III Corps at the base, said at a press conference. Two other soldiers were apprehended as suspects, he said.
“We do not know” what the motive was, Cone said. He said there were “eyewitness accounts” that there may have been more than one shooter. The prime shooter used two handguns, said Cone, who also said the base is in lockdown.
The shootings began about 1:30 p.m. local time at a personnel processing center and near the Howzee Theater where friends and family were gathering for a graduation ceremony for troops taking college extension courses on the base, said Lieutenant Colonel Chris Garver, a Pentagon spokesman.
Fort Hood, about 60 miles north of Austin, the Texas capital, houses about 45,000 U.S. troops and is home to the Army’s 1st Calvary and 4th Infantry divisions. It is one of the three largest Army bases in the U.S. by population and acreage.
President Barack Obama, speaking at the Interior Department in Washington, called the shootings “horrific” and “tragic.”
The FBI is on the scene and is working with the Army to determine what took place, Special Agent Erik Vasys, a spokesman for the San Antonio Field Office, whose territory includes Fort Hood, said in an interview.
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