Tragic News Out of Fort Hood, TX … Mass Murder at Fort Hood
Twelve people have been killed and 30 wounded at Ft Hood in Texas in a heinous and murderous shooting spree. The gunman has been identified as an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan who was supposed to be deployed to Iraq later this month. According to reports, Hasan feared an impending war deployment is in custody as the sole suspect in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood.
Our sympathies and prayers go out to the brave fallen soldiers and their families.
Malik Nadal Hasan
So does this mass murder rise to the level of a hate crime? Or is it an act of terror?
Hasan was initially reported as killed in the following gun battle; however, according to later reports, the Fort Hood shooter is not dead. Hasan survived his wound and is not in danger of dying.
The shooter was initially reported to have been killed, but Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone told a late night news conference that the suspect was wounded and in custody. Cone would not say what Hasan’s medical condition was, but said the suspect was not in danger of dying.
Hasan is not talking to authorities, said Cone.
Two other soldiers were taken into custody, but were later released.
Fort Hood Presser
Deaths are a result of a single gunman, even though initially two other officers were taken into custody. They were later released. Malik Nadal Hasan is a 39 year old graduate of Virginia Tech and a psychiatrist licensed in Virginia who was practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. He had previously worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It would appear that Hasan received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed, SHOCKER!
Statement from Hasan’s family:
“Our family loves America. We are proud of our country, and saddened by today’s tragedy,” the statement said. “Because this situation is still unfolding, we have nothing else that we are able to share with you at this time.”
Interview with co-worker Terri Lee of Hasan from Fox News via Macsmind. This individual worked with Hasan at the psych ward at Fort Hood. Hasan had made outlandish comments in the past condemning and critical our foreign policy. It cannot be lost on the fact that this killer was a Muslim and had made comments like according to this individual, “maybe Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor.” Hasan was referring to Muslims standing up to Americans as he believed that American should not be in Iraq or Afghanistan.
One thing is for certain, there are 12 people dead and over 30 injured. Families, friends, wives, husbands and children are suffering tragic losses tonight. This is believed to be the worst attack ever at a U.S. base, said the commanding general of Fort Hood, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone. This is no time for the press, military or our political leaders to get PC on this heinous mass murder. Call it for what it was … a terror act.
UPDATE I: Correction, 13 killed.
UPDATE II: Listen to the Dana Pretzer Show tonight at 9 PM ET November 10, 2009. Guests include former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt and criminal Pat Brown will be discussing the Fort Hood shooting and Nidal Malik Hasan.