What happened today at Fort Hood army base is both tragic & unbelievable.I was astounded when the news broke that people had been gunned down at one of the largest military bases in the free world! The shooter who was behind today’s massacre is an Army psychiatrist.
He was counseling other soldiers when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan clearly needed help dealing with his own mental issues.He freaked out & killed 12 people.31 folks were also wounded in this shooting rampage.
Here’s more from The Associated Press:
“A military mental health doctor facing deployment overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post on Thursday, setting off on a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded, Army officials said.
Authorities said immediately after the shootings that they had killed the suspected shooter, but later in the evening they recanted and said that he was alive and in stable condition at a hospital, watched by a guard.
“His death is not imminent,” said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. He offered little explanation for the mistake, other than to say there was confusion at the hospital.A law enforcement official identified the shooting suspect as Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.The violence was believed to be the worst mass shooting in history at a U.S. military base.
The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., when shots were fired at the base’s Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, Cone said.It was unclear what the motive was, though it appeared he was upset about a scheduled deployment.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the Army major was about to deploy overseas, though it was unclear if he was headed to Iraq or Afghanistan and when he was scheduled to leave. Hutchison said she was told about the upcoming deployment by generals based at Fort Hood.” Read more here.
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