Breaking: Fort Hood Alleged Shooter Now Confirmed Alive
Lt. General Bob Cone is giving a press conference at Fort Hood, TX, and has confirmed that the alleged shooter, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan is alive. He was shot at the scene, but was rushed to surgery. He is now out of surgery, and Gen. Cone, though refusing to comment on his condition, has said that he is stable and “death is not imminent.”
A “female first responder” was herself shot at the scene–she was originally reported killed, but Gen. Cone has confirmed she has come out of surgery alive and stable. This female was the one that is reported to have shot Maj. Hasan.
The Virginia born, 39-year-old Hasan is a mental health professional with expertise in disaster psychiatry and combat stress. He was transfered to Ft. Hood in July; previously, Hasan was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Also in this presser: most of those killed and injured today were military personnel, but two of the casualties are civilians.
Though others were questioned today, the General seemed to believe that Maj. Hasan was the only shooter.
Death toll still at 12. Though Hasan was originally included in that total, another victim has died.
Major Hasan has not spoken to investigators (I cannot go as far as some and say he “will not” talk).
Gen. Cone reported that Hasan had two weapons; one was a semi-automatic. I believe I heard the General add that they were not military issue, but I will have to review tape to be sure. (Update: “There is no indication that they were military weapons,” said Cone.)
Statesman.com has pictures from the day’s events.