Major Gave Away Food, Called A Neighbor Before Fort Hood Shooting

We are learning more about what Major Nidal Malik Hasan did before officials say he went on a mass shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas.

As if going off to war, the Major cleaned out his apartment, gave leftover frozen broccoli to one neighbor and called another to thank him for his friendship — common courtesies and routines of the departing soldier.

Instead, authorities say, he went on the killing spree that left 13 people dead.

Investigators examined Hasan's computer, his home and his garbage Friday to learn what motivated the suspect, who lay in a coma, shot four times in the frantic bloodletting.

Hospital officials said some of the wounded had extremely serious injuries and might not survive.


President Barack Obama says the "whole nation is grieving right now" over the mass killings at Fort Hood. He urged people not to jump to conclusions while law enforcement officials gather facts about the shootings.

The president on Friday ordered flags at the White House and other federal agencies to be flown at half-staff until Veterans Day as a tribute to those who lost their lives.

A shooter went on a rampage that left 13 people dead and injured 30 others at the sprawling Army post in Texas. Obama promised to update the nation as his administration learns more about what happened.

The suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was shot and remains hospitalized. The motive for the incident is unclear.

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The top commander at Fort Hood is crediting a civilian police officer for stopping the shooting rampage that killed 13 people at the Texas post.

Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said Friday morning that Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire Thursday afternoon. Cone said Munley shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself.

Military officials said Munley was in stable condition Friday.

Cone said, "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer."

Cone also said he was inspired by a woman who helped carry a wounded victim and used her blouse as a tourniquet, then realized she'd been shot in the hip.

The suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is hospitalized on a ventilator.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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A military official says one more person has died after being injured during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas.

Post spokesman Tyler Broadway said early Friday that the toll now stands at 13 dead and 30 wounded. Late Thursday, officials said 12 people had been killed and 31 wounded in the afternoon attack.

The victims' identities haven't been released.

The suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was on a ventilator and unconscious in a hospital late Thursday. The Army psychiatrist was shot four times after the rampage began around 1:30 p.m.

The motive for the shootings isn't clear, but Hasan was apparently set to deploy soon. He also had expressed some anger about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


U.S. Army spokesman says the Fort Hood shootings suspect is alive and was not killed by authorities responding to the attack.

Lt. Gen. Bob Cone also says the death toll from the attack remains 12 after another victim died.

Authorities said immediately after Thursday's attack that they had killed the suspected shooter. But Cone now says the suspected shooter is alive and stable condition.

Cone offered little explanation to reporters at a news conference as to why the suspect was believed dead, saying only there was confusion at the hospital.


Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says the Army major accused of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, was about to deploy overseas.

Hutchison says she was told about the upcoming deployment by generals based at Fort Hood. But it was unclear if he was headed to Iraq or Afghanistan and exactly when he was scheduled to leave.

Military officials in Washington say the suspected shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July.

The soldier is accused of opening fire on the base on Thursday in a shooting that left 11 other people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman and apprehended two other soldiers.


Military officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July.

The officials had access to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's military record. They said he received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because military records are confidential.

The Virginia-born soldier was single with no children. He was 39 years old.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997.

He received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. At Walter Reed, he did his internship, residency and a fellowship.

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The U.S. Army says 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting rampage on the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

Lt. Gen Bob Cone said at a news conference that one shooter has been killed and two suspects were apprehended on Thursday. He says they are all U.S. soldiers.

Sources tell the Associated Press that one of the shooting suspects is Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan.

The shooting began around 1:30 p.m. Cone says that all the casualties took place at the base's Soldier Readiness Center where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening.

He says the primary shooter used two handguns in the attack.


President Barack Obama is calling a mass shooting at a Texas Army base a "horrific outburst of violence."

He says he doesn't yet know all the details but promised the government would get "answers to every single question."

The commander in chief says it's a tragedy to lose a soldier overseas and even more horrifying when they come under fire at an Army base on American soil.

Obama also said his thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and families of the fallen.

The U.S. Army says 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting rampage on the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

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A Fort Hood spokeswoman says one shooter is in custody after a mass shooting on the Texas Army base. Army officials say at least nine people are dead and 20 wounded.

Fort Hood spokeswoman Sgt. Rebekah Lampan says authorities believe at least two gunmen were involved in the attack on Thursday.

She says it is not known whether the shooters were soldiers or civilians.

Lt. Col. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman in Washington, says there was a pair of shootings at the base.

Banks says the first shooting was at 1:30 p.m. and at personnel and medical processing office. He says the second incident took place at a theater on the base.

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NBC News is reporting that 19 people have been shot at a Texas Army post.

There are reports that at least seven people are dead and 20 wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood.

It was unknown whether the victims are soldiers or civilians. NBC says one gunman was reportedly in custody and another was on the loose.

A post spokesman told CNN that one gunman has been apprehended while they are still searching for a second shooter.

The U.S. Army has closed the post. The web site of the post in central Texas has an alert that says, "Effective immediately Fort Hood is closed." The Web site said that units at the base have been ordered to account for all personnel.

The site says, "This is not a Drill. It is an Emergency Situation."

Two nearby school districts were also being locked down.

Fort Hood is located halfway between Austin and Waco.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Data Man, we can agree on this one. The problem is political correctness killed 13 soldiers, a muslim extemist pulled the trigger. You'r right, if you went to those web sites, you would likely be watched, I would be watched but no one would step up since the was muslim. It is coming out more everyday. He was a terrorist, not twisted, crazy, he knew where to go, he was a psycologist. This is why I complain about politics and news media. I guess we should have investigated 911 to see if it was the british that did it. No, we knew that afternoon, who, why they did it. We didn't say it was still being investigated. I guess if this guy would have strapped on a bomb and blew himself up, maybe the president would have seen this differently....
  • by hk Location: jville on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    all of you saying "yall white boys"..how do you know the person posting is white? isn't that slightly racist also?
  • by S Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    Thanks Rich...it's gratifying to know that some people still believe in right & wrong.....I'm so sick of these hypocrites who insist on being politically correct even if it means putting innocent lives in danger....I only wish we had a politician who had the guts to stop being wishy-washy about these terrorists and,for once, stand up to them and say "We're not going to take it anymore!"
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    You got it right, S. This man showed the signs of this for years before and every one who thought it bit their toungue for fear of being politically incorrect.
  • by S Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    What in the world is this country coming to!! This was a terrorist entrenched in the military and no one had the guts to do anything about because it might not have been politically correct!! Amazing!! If any sane individuals are left in this country, we should all ban together & vote every incumbent crooked politician out of office & start from scratch....if we don't we're going to see things go from bad to worse in a hurry....I don't care about hurting Muslin feelings....most of them hate Americans but use us for their own agendas and,remarkably, we have let them do this for years....It's time to put a stop to our homegrown terrorists...
  • by what's happening on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    This is some of OBAMA's grap. They new he was a ticking bomb. When will we learn that most muslims hate christians and want to see us gone PERIOD! We let them into our country for a better life, but many have different intentions, we've forgotten about 9/11! Worried about who we have bouncing in downtown Greenville, need to worry about who's head of our country and where and what they are all doing.
  • by Data Man on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    This guy sent emails to terrist. Am I right!? He should have been locked up right then for communicating with them! If I sent a email to a underage child telling them how sexy they are you can best bet that I would be in jail in 24hrs but this man can talk to a terrorist and nothing happens!? We have it all wrong here. We follow people because they still money and have sex with teenagers; which is not right but a man having a direct contact with a terrorist should be under watch and tossed! This is so crazy!!
  • by SAT Location: Pinetown on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    If is is still unconscious just unplug his machine. He is just another home grown terrorists. We here in the USA better start getting geared up for this stuff because it is here inside of this country. It will even be more common as our govertment continues to bring all type of people in from every country in the world, ready and trained to kill us at home. Just pull the plug on him.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 9, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    Kathy, I think some here are only showing the same disrespect to Obama that they do Bush. Wilson, this is why I go to Fox news. When NBC started the spin about how they guy was called names, he didn't want to go to Afganistan....it was spin. Fox presented the facts and the timing, witnesses that heard the guy cite his love for Alah before killing and murder. It is terror on US soil, worse, terror at a military base. It was all premeditated murder. His purpose was to kill and maim as many as he could. Thats the facts. The media is still trying to protect Obama and his weak international policy. The stories told on mainstream media is mere terd polish.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Nov 9, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    I didn't vote for Obama and never even for one second considered it. BUT, there is no way on God's green Earth that he could have prevented this horrible violent act from happening. What is he supposed to do, assign an American Christian to follow every Muslim just to make sure they don't go off the deep end? Saying this could have been prevented is simple political rhetoric. Move on and stop the blame game. I am a conservative republican and even I can see that Obama is blameless in this.
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