Killing Spree Shakes Fort Hood, Texas
By Nordette Adams on November 05, 2009
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Updated 10:20 p.m. CST: Army statements at Fort Hood shooting news conference declare the alleged shooter, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, a U.S. soldier and psychiatrist, was not killed during today's shooting spree on the Texas military base. A new source reports the following:
(CNN) -- A solider suspected of fatally shooting 12 and wounding 31 at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday is not dead as previously reported by the military, the base's commander said Thursday evening.
A civilian officer who was wounded in the incident shot the suspect, who is "in custody and in stable condition," Army Lt. Gen. Robert Cone told reporters.
Furthermore, the USArmy's Twitter page says investigators now believe there was only one shooter. However, the investigation is ongoing. As earlier reported on BlogHer, two of the other suspects have been released. A third who was taken into custody has also been released.
Updated 4:44 p.m.: The death toll in the mass shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas is now 12, per news sources, and the number of wounded is 31. More updates follow at the end of this post. ABC News identifies one of the shooters as possibly a solider, Major Malik Nadal Hasan. He was killed. Two other suspects, also reported to be soldiers, have been apprehended. Recent CNN report confirms alleged killer was a soldier as well as a licensed psychiatrist.
Earlier post begins here:
"Fort Hood schools are on lockdown," per CentralTexasNow.com, and farther down is a screenshot of a KCEN tweet saying multiple shooters may be involved.
CNN's story is developing. Most recently the following was added:
On the Fort Hood Web site, the word "closed" is posted with the statement, "Effective immediately, Fort Hood is closed. Organizations/units are instructed to execute a 100 percent accountability of all personnel." (CNN)
Seven people have been killed and at least 20 injured after a shooter opened fire on Fort Hood Thursday afternoon.
Fort Hood officials say one person is in custody but are asking people to stay away from windows.
We've learned an incident has taken place at the sports dome, now known as the soldier readiness area. (KXXV)
The Fort Hood website is currently unavailable, but according to GlobalSecurity.org, "Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States, and is the only post in the United States that is capable of supporting two full armored divisions.
In addition to the 1st Cavalry Division and the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood is also home for the Headquarters Command III Corps, 3d Personnel Group, 3d Signal Brigade, 13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM), 13th Finance Group, 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), the Dental Activity (DENTAC), the Medical Support Activity (MEDDAC), Army Operational Test Command (AOTC) formerly TEXCOM, and various other units and tenant organizations. (GlobalSecurity.org)
As of this posting, FBI agents were headed to the scene, per CNN. KXXV reports, "President Obama has been briefed on the situation"
Update, 3:24 p.m., CST: The American Statesman has added a Twitter stream, FtHoodShootings. Its latest tweet via the AP confirms one shooter is in custody. In addition, WBAP News/Talk radio Texas has updates.
BlogHer.com will have more as the story unfolds.
Update video at 3:45 p.m., CNN: The military asks that media bear with them as they try to collect accurate data.
Update 3:54 p.m.: CentralTexasNow confirms 9 dead, ups wounded to 30.
Update 4:18 p.m.: @NewsHour with Jim Lehrer reports "Lt Gen. Bob Cone says no motive known in Ft. Hood shooting."
Update 4:33 p.m.:
@DallsCrime says, "ABC News has learned the main suspect is a Major Malik Nadal Hasan." ABC affiliate WHAM has same information.
Fort Hood, Texas (ABC) - Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military base by what officials believe was possibly carried out by an Army officer.
The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan.
The shooter was killed and two other suspects, who are also soldiers, have been apprehended, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone said. (WHAM)
As you see, this brings the number dead to 12 and wounded to 31.
Update 5:13 p.m.: @USArmy on Twitter --"One shooter killed; two other suspects have been apprehended. Details will be released as they're confirmed."
Updated 5:49 p.m., CST: From CNN:
The slain gunman was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a law enforcement source told CNN. Licensed in Virginia, Hasan was a psychiatrist who previously worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center but more recently was practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, according to professional records.
Update 6:07 p.m.:
Officials says it was not clear what Hasan's religion was, but investigators are trying to determine if Hasan was his birth name or if he may have changed his name and converted to the Islamic faith at some point. (Huffington Post)
Update 6:50 p.m., CST:
Two other soldiers who were detained have been released, but another person of interest is in custody, said Christopher Haug, chief of public affairs at Fort Hood. (CNN)
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