Mass Shooting at Fort Hood Texas, 12 Dead, 31 Wounded

November 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The details are still sketchy, as the event is still ongoing, but media outlets are reporting on a deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 12 people dead and at least 31 wounded. The reports say a gunman armed with two hand guns began shooting at 1:30 PM this afternoon at the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center and Howze Theater. The victims were all soldiers said, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, during a press conference from Fort Hood.

One of the shooters was reported to be in custody and another gunman was said to be “cornered.” Now, it’s being reported that one of the gunmen is among the dead and two other suspected gunmen are in custody.

The gunmen were said to be wearing military uniforms, but it was not initially not known whether they were military personnel, or if they had stolen the uniforms to blend in. It’s now been confirmed that the alleged shooter was in fact a U.S. Army soldier.

Eyewitness accounts indicate there was a second shooter, but military authorities are not saying if the two soldiers in custody were shooters.

The largest army base in the world, is now in lock-down, but Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said the incident was near conclusion.

Agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on their way to the post, federal officials said.

According to MSNBC:

“Milly Land, who works at the base fitness center, said she was headed for the graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Howze Theater when the campus was locked down. She went back to the fitness center. She said she spoke by phone with friends at the soldier processing center, who said a gunman walked in about 1:30, walked to the medical area of the processing center, and started shooting. A second gunman was shooting at the theater next door, she said.”

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, said in a statement: “I am shocked and saddened by today’s outburst of violence at Fort Hood that has cost seven of our brave service members their lives and has gravely injured others. My heart goes out to their loved ones.”

President Obama is scheduled to speak at a press conference within the hour, to comment on the shootings.

(Update: President Obama called the Fort Hood shootings a “horrific outburst of violence.” “It is difficult enough to lose” soldiers overseas, but said it is “horrifying that they should lose their lives at an Army base in the U.S.,” he said. The president said “my prayers are with the wounded and the families of the fallen.”

(Update: The suspected shooter was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan, who worked as a psychiatrist, and was reportedly about to be deployed to Iraq.

(Latest Update: Gen. Cone just said in a news conference that the shooter, Major Malik Nadal Hasan was shot multiple times, but is alive and in stable condition. Previous reports said that he had been killed. Also, the female first responder who wounded Hasan, previously reported as killed, has in fact survived after surgery.

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6 Responses to “Mass Shooting at Fort Hood Texas, 12 Dead, 31 Wounded”

  1. Greg on November 5th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt had the right idea in World War II.

    To paraphrase with the help of Carly Simon.

    “Take all the Muslims, put them in a Islamic Museum. Charge the people a buck and a half to see them.”

    Not only will this cure America of terrorism but could generate enough cash to pay for universal health care.

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  4. will on November 6th, 2009 8:39 am

    Hey Greg
    That’s not a Carly Simon song. It’s a Joni Mitchell song

  5. cjniya on November 7th, 2009 10:29 pm

    The States again has been rocked by the terrible attack. If the September 11th terrorist is kind of waves that push the whole country, even the whole world to the top—- you know how it feels on the top of the wave if you are the green hand of surfing. Without any preparation, all the people in America and all over the world have to face the terrorist. And the wave also destroyed Iraq and other Mideast countries as the ocean waves swash the shell.
    And now, it is the terrorist attack in the military camp. Altogether three crimes and that lead us to believe that this attack—- or call it killing would be better, the killing among the brothers you stay with all the time—- is planned. It is said that the killers are also the army men, they are sending to Iraq in short time and this attack could be regarded as kind of struggle for this transformation. When I heard this news, I just thought that would be another September 11th terrorist attack. But now as the investigation going on, the killers’ statues had been discovered and I think it could not be sorted as a terrorist attack. It should be regarded as an anti-terrorist affair. Instead of wearing the rubber wristbands and taking part in the anti-terrorist or anti-war march, they used their guns to make their statement clearly. They just used the wrong way to express their right thought. They might hate wars like us, they might want to resist to the transformation, if they just use the involent way to achieve their aim, they could be the heroes in this anti-war world. But they chosed killing to express themselves. In some means, they just destroyed their faith by those gunshots.
    If the American army do not need to be stationed in Iraq or any countries abroad, this affair would not happen. Only if America did not start the war, those meaningless killing would not happen.

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