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12 Killed, 31 Wounded at Fort Hood in Texas

John on November 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

This just broke. Here’s a link to a live feed from the local NBC affiliate:

Officials told NBC DFW that one gunman is in custody and a second was on the run. KCEN-TV is reporting the gunmen were in military uniforms and that the second gunman is surrounded by police in a building on the post.  KCEN is reporting that one policeman is down and that the gunman has a high-powered rifle and is shooting to kill.

I’ll add updates as they come in…

Here is a link to the local CBS affiliate which has a live feed. They are monitoring a TV station which is right beside the base. Also, CBS is now saying 30 wounded.

This is a huge base, several hundred square miles. There are something like 9 schools on the base. One of the shootings apparently took place in or near a movie theater.

No word on who was targeted or why…

First shooting began at 1:30PM. The FBI is now on the way to the site.

There were two shooters and two shootings at two seperate locations. The first shooting at 1:30PM, the second shortly after…

I’ve updated the headline. 12 dead and 31 wounded. One shooter is dead and two soldiers are in custody…Soldiers…

All involved were soldiers with the exception of one policeman who was killed.

The President is speaking…Offers prayers for the wounded and the families…

Oh boy…Shooter identified: Major Malik Nadal Hasan

He’s a doctor…a psychiatrist according to this McClatchy story:

According to the records, Hasan completed a residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 2007 and additional training in disaster and preventive psychiatry at Uniformed Services University Of the Health Sciences F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.

So I guess the headline could be “Psychiatrist Goes Nuts” but, given his name, I’m still wondering if Islam had anything to do with this.

He was just promoted in May.

CAIR is holding a press conference at 8PM…they have denounced the killings…

4PM – There is a Dr. Nidal Hasan listed as part of the Advisory Board of this Muslim prayer center in Chicago. Don’t know if it’s the same guy.

Great. This guy was a Va Tech grad from 1997. I’m so pleased my alma mater is tied to another mass shooting spree.

Also, his name seems to be Nidal Malik Hasan, not the other way around. That matches the name on the prayer center bulletin. His name (assuming it’s the same Dr. Hasan) is on the bulletins going back to February of 2009.

6:30PM -He’s alive, not dead. Ace has the news no one wants to report. Hasan wrote some comments sympathetic to suicide-bombers.

His cousin was on Fox saying he was always a Muslim, never changed his name and was called names by others for his faith. Hasan had hired lawyers trying to get out of deploying to Iraq. This, his cousin said, was the only reason for the shooting.

Someone that knew Hasan said he thought the US shouldn’t be in Iraq and that it was wrong for Muslims to fight Muslims, hence his reluctance to go.

Even though he’s alive, I’m not convinced we’ll get the full story anytime soon, if at all. Cho Seung-Hui mailed pages of material to a major news organization explaining himself and most of that material still hasn’t surfaced. Here again I suspect the media will settle on an angle and stick with it.

Was he a jihadist? Or just a nut? I suspect #1 will get passed over for political reasons.

10:30PM – The NY Times spoke to his imam in Silver Spring, MD:

The former imam at a Silver Spring, Md., mosque where Major Hasan worshiped for about 10 years described him as proud of his work in the Army and “very serious about his religion.” The former imam, Faizul Khan, said that Major Hasan had wanted to marry an equally religious woman but that his efforts to find one had failed.

“He wanted a woman who prayed five times a day and wears a hijab, and maybe the women he met were not complying with those things,” the former imam said.

I think efforts by his cousin to claim that Hasan’s faith had nothing to do with this are going to become increasingly thin. It may be true that he really wanted out of the military, but it sounds to me as if he wanted out because he was increasingly feeling himself on the other side. I’m thinking specifically of the e-mail he supposedly sent comparing suicide bombers to someone who jumps on a live grenade to save others. I’m thinking maybe he saw himself as a hero today.

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