An Army psychiatrist who opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 12 people and wounding 31 others, was shot but captured alive, military officials said late Thursday.
The gunman, identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was wounded at the scene but was captured alive and was in stable condition, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of the Army’s III Corps, said at a press conference late Thursday.
Eleven of the victims died at the scene, military officials said. A 12th died later at a hospital, NBC station KCEN-TV of Waco reported. Cone said that most of those who were shot were military but two were civilians. MSNBC
It is being reported that Maj. Hasan was promoted a few months ago despite the poor performance evaluation and anti-American statements.
Hasan received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
The Associated Press, quoting federal law enforcement officials, said Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats. The officials said they were still trying to confirm that he was the author. MSNBC
News reports on the radio quoted him as saying that Muslims had a duty to rise up and kill infidels in the military. Just the kind of person you want giving psychiatric advice to soldiers serving in Iraq. How this guy could get a promotion, let alone stay in the military is beyond reason. It certainly leads one to believe that political correctness is winning out over good judgement in the US Army. It's not surprising that the Obama administration is playing down the terrorism angle, and instead claiming it is nothing more than "criminal matter".
A senior administration official told NBC News that the shootings could have been a criminal matter rather than a terrorism-related attack and that there was no intelligence to suggest a plot against Fort Hood. MSNBC
Nothing other than the investigation into his Internet positings about "suicide bombings and other threats". Yeah, if we don't count those sort of things then there was nothing to raise any suspicions.
Update: It is now being reported that Hasan was yelling "Allahu Akbar" as he went about shooting unarmed people. Source. I'm sure it is unconnected to the "crimminal matter". The death toll is now at 13.
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