and the gunman, an O-4 major, was a mental health professional.


A U.S. soldier opened fire Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas, killing at least 11 people and wounding 31 others, military officials said. The gunman was shot to death, and two other soldiers were in custody.

Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of the Army’s III Corps, who briefed President Barack Obama on the shootings, said the gunman used two handguns.

NBC News’ Pete Williams reported that a U.S. official identified the gunman as Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan, who was 39 or 40. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, said military officials told her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq and was “upset about it.” The Associated Press reported that Hasan was a mental health professional.

From ABC:

The shooter was killed and two other suspects, who are also soldiers, have been apprehended, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone said.

Hasan allegedly opened fire and killed 11 people on the base before he was shot, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12.

The general said there were “eyewitness accounts of more than one shooter,” and the others were tracked to an adjacent facility.

Cone called the attack “a terrible tragedy, stunning.” He said the community was “absolutely devastated.”

President Obama called the Fort Hood shootings a “horrific outburst of violence.”

“It is difficult enough to lose” soldiers overseas, but it is “horrifying that they should lose their lives at an Army base in the U.S.,” he said.

CBS is reporting Hasan was an Army psychiatrist from Silver Springs, MD.


The Army post was still on lockdown as of 5 p.m. but Cone said that all of the deaths and injuries had taken place during the initial 1:30 p.m. incident and that authorities were determining whether to lift the lockdown.

FBI agents have responded to the base and the military is asking the FBI’s help in investigating the backgrounds of the two soldiers held as suspects in the shooting, Cone said.

There has been some confusion about the exact location of the shooting. Cone said that the shooting took place in the Readiness Center but that the two surviving suspects were taken into custody in an “adjacent facility.”

At the Soldier Readiness Center, soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening – on average about 300-400 screened a day, said Sgt. Rebekah Lampam, a spokeswoman at Fort Hood.

A graduation ceremony for soldiers who finished college courses while deployed was going on in an auditorium at the Readiness Center at the time of the shooting, said Lampam said.

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