NOTE: Info on this 02 April 2014 shooting will be posted here.
3 dead, (3 victims, plus one shooter), 12 wounded
Terrorism NOT ruled out .....
SHOOTER: Specialist Ivan Lopez, now dead, shot himself. Details still coming in ... There was an earlier report of 2 gunmen.
Hospital News Conference - Hospital notified at 5:05 PM to expect victims of gunshot wounds.
Officials at Fort Hood are expected to hold a press conference at 9:15 p.m. CDT
02 April 2014Ft. HoodShootings
Initial reports indicated that the shooting took place at the Medical Brigade Building at about 4:30 p.m. Local NBC affiliate KCEN-TV reported there were also reports of victims at the Battle Simulation Center. About 20 rounds were fired.
Military personnel are not allowed to carry weapons on the Ft. Hood Base. They are not able to defend themselves against an armed attack, they have nothing (short of harsh language) to do it with. Only Military Police or independent contractors can carry weapons. the victims were essentially "sitting ducks".
Ft. Hood Press Conference: Shooter started firing at about 4 PM (1600). Terrorism not being ruled in nor out at this time. 16 injured.
Shooter was being treated for mental health issues.
He had served 4 months in Iraq in 2011. Was being evaluated for PTSD.
He walked into a unit building oepn fired, got into a vehicle, went to another building and opened fire again.
Shooter used a 45 calibre Smith & Wesson pistol recently purchased locally.
He arrived at Ft. Hood in February.
His body was found in the parking lot. He had been confronted by a female MP. He put his hands up... pulled out a 45 Smith & Wesson, she (MP) engaged... shooter put his gun to his own head & pulled the trigger.
Shooter is married with a family. Family is in local area.
Shooter was being treated for depression, anxiety & other issues. Was on meds; had self reported a recent traumatic brain injury.
“On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 07 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”
Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations. A military source said it appeared the bulletin was provided by the FBI, then distributed by the Marine Corps under the normal protocol of sharing any information relating to a potential threat to U.S. military installations or personnel.
The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”
"Booker" was reported as located and not present at the Ft. Hood Shooting.
TIME: First 911 calls came in at 1:23 PM. Shooting began "just after 1:20 PM".
PLACE: (1) HOWZE THEATRE (2) SOLDIER READINESS CENTER
LONG: 97º W 47' 42" / LAT: 31º N 08' 37" 97º W 47' 28" 31º N 08' 27"
Shooter: Major Malik Nidal Hasan: DOB: 6 Sept 1970 born in Arlington, VA (of Palestinian descent)
Hasan is still alive. He was an officer in the Army due to employ to Afghanistan). He was wounded by a female civilian police officer at the scene. 2 more soldiers suspected of being involved were in custody. They have now been released. The Shooter is wounded but alive. Small arms & automatic weapons were fired. Hasan's guns were legally bought at a Texas gun store. Terrorism as the cause has "not been ruled out" . 12 Dead, 31 wounded.
At Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas; Soldiers were receiving vaccinations and other preparations prior to their deployment. Main Shooter: An Army Officer, a Major Malik Nidal Hasan from Virginia; a psychiatrist (helping soldiers with problems from PTSD to personal issues, etc.) ... did the shooting using 2 handguns. The Major was said to be upset at his deployment. The Major Hasan was wounded by a civilian policewoman. Eyewitnesses report 3 shooters total; . A civilian from Fort Hood was killed. The remaining victims were soldiers.
Major Hasan (transferred from WDC in April or May of 2009 / Walter Reed Hospital and sent to Fort Hood) was a psychiatrist who had worked at Walter Reed for 6 years. His co-workers report Hasan had made many anti-American comments...was single with no children. Had expected President Obama to pull troops out of middle east.
Hasan had reportedly hired an attorney to try to get out of the military. Hasan has always been Muslim. Born & raised in Virginia. Went to Virginia Tech and high school in Roanoke. Felt slights were being made against him for being a muslim. His complaints were dismissed as unfouned. Dr. Hasan was making a Six Figure Income as a psychiatrist. He reportedly had difficulties with the stories he heard from soldiers about the stresses of war. He wanted out of the military .... being very much against his being deployed to the Middle East.
Hasan said to have targeted and knew the people he shot. Hasan's internet postings included his own statements that "suicide bombers were the equivalent of a soldier falling on a grenade to save fellow soldiers"
Still unclear which locale occurred first. But, there were 2 locations involved and both are next to each other on the same street (Battalion Avenue). Officials now saying only the one shooter, in stable condition ... still alive.
On the Dial: Ft. Hood = 82º 47' 42"
= Mars Octile Uranus - Zeus/ASC - Neptune/Hades
"Bloody Injury" - "Working with and under pressure from others ... the workplace" - "Deception ... Death & Ruin"
2 Articles with more info below:
FORT HOOD, Texas -- On Thursday morning, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan gave a key to his apartment manager, lined up some cleaning supplies under his sink and asked Patricia Villa if he could pay her $60 to tidy up his one-bedroom place. He was shipping out to Afghanistan on Friday, he told her.
Military Police Sgt. Andrew Hagerman, of Lewisville, Texas, spoke to reporters early Friday about his encounter with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. "I asked him, 'Are you afraid of going over there?'" Ms. Villa recalls. "He said, 'I'm ready for it.
"Then, authorities said, he packed two handguns, drove to this bustling military base, and opened fire on a brigade of young engineers prepping to deploy to Afghanistan after Christmas. In a matter of about four minutes -- before he himself was taken down in a face-to-face shootout with a female police officer -- he killed 13 people and wounded 30.
As victims and witnesses came forward to describe the worst soldier-on-soldier violence in U.S. military history, authorities worked Friday to learn more about the alleged shooter, Maj. Hasan. They seized his home computer in hopes of trying to discern a motive.
Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the top commander at Fort Hood, said soldiers at the base have told investigators Maj. Hasan, a Muslim, shouted "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," in the attack. One military official at the Pentagon who has been briefed on the investigation said officials are "close to 100%" certain Maj. Hasan authored an Internet posting defending suicide bombings.
At the same time, the authorities cautioned troops not to jump to conclusions about why one of their own may have chosen to go on a murderous rampage. It remains unclear what role Maj. Hasan's religion played in Thursday's events. Army officials said the alleged shooter's fear and anger about his deployment to Afghanistan could have sparked the assault.
COURAGE UNDER FIRE: Sgt. Kimberly Munley shot and wounded alleged gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. She is recovering from gunshot wounds.
Maj. Hasan -- who was transferred Friday afternoon to an Army hospital in San Antonio, in stable condition according to a hospital spokesman -- was an Army psychiatrist, trained to counsel soldiers wrestling with the horrors of war. If he was agitated about his own deployment, he showed few signs of it, according to friends, neighbors and religious leaders.
"It's a shock," said Col. Kimberly Kesling, who supervised Maj. Hasan.
Before chatting with Ms. Villa on Thursday morning, Maj. Hasan went to a local mosque for morning prayer, arriving a half-hour early, as was his custom, according to an Army veteran who prayed with him. And he made his customary stop at a 7-Eleven convenience store just off the base for hash browns and coffee. Surveillance tapes from the store show him smiling and chatting.
In recent days he had carefully emptied his dingy, $350-a-month apartment, giving away two bookcases, his air mattress, four folding chairs, a clock.
The shooting rampage began shortly after 1:20 p.m. Thursday, as scores of soldiers from the 36th engineer brigade, which has the motto "Stay Rugged," waited for medical exams at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, a gymnasium-sized building at Fort Hood where troops are prepped for deployment. The process is long and as the soldiers milled about, they texted friends, called parents, watched ESPN. Then, chaos.
Authorities say several witnesses heard Maj. Hasan open fire with two weapons, neither of them Army-issued. One person with knowledge of the weapons said one was a revolver, the other a FN Herstal "Five-seveN" tactical pistol, which one firearms Web site describes as capable of defeating "most body armor in military service around the world today."
The FN carries 20 rounds per magazine. One witness said he saw Maj. Hasan reload at least once. A medic who treated the major's injuries said his camouflage cargo pant pockets were full of magazines.
The shots came so rapidly that Pvt. First Class Marquest Smith, who was going over some paperwork in a cubicle in the building, says he first thought he was hearing microwave popcorn. Someone shouted: "Gun!"
Pvt. Smith dived under a desk. He says he waited several long minutes, listening to the terror unfold, until he thought he should make a dash for safety.
As he broke for the door, he saw Maj. Hasan in combat fatigues, moving around the room. His handgun was pointed downward, he said, as though he were methodically shooting the soldiers who had fallen or were crouching, seeking cover.
A bullet hit Pvt. Smith's boot as he fled, sticking in the sole. His mom called, too, on Thursday, and he told her he was fine.
The first 911 calls to the police station on base came in at 1:23 p.m. Officers across the sprawling base sprang into action.
Kimberly Munley, a 35-year-old police officer, happened to be nearby, waiting for her squad car to get a tune-up, when she heard the commotion. She raced to the scene, according to her boss, Chuck Medley, director of emergency services on base.
As she rounded a corner, she saw Maj. Hasan chasing a wounded soldier through an open courtyard. He looked as though he was trying to "finish off" the wounded soldier, Mr. Medley said.
"He looked extremely focused," said Francisco De La Serna, a 23-year-old medic who had fled the building and was watching the same scene unfold from a hiding spot across the street.
Ms. Munley's first shot missed Maj. Hasan. He spun to face her and began charging, Mr. Medley said.
The time was 1:27 p.m., just four minutes after the initial 911 call.
Authorities haven't said precisely how many shots were fired during the running gun battle between Maj. Hasan and Ms. Munley. But one of her shots hit Mr. Hasan in the torso, knocking him to the ground. With that, officials say, she quite likely prevented more injuries or deaths on the base.
Ms. Munley took two bullets to her legs. Both entered her left thigh, ripped through the flesh and lodged in her right thigh. She also received a minor wound to the right wrist.
Specialist De La Serna, the medic hiding across the street, sprinted to the scene as the shooting stopped and put a tourniquet on Ms. Munley, who was fading in and out of consciousness, he said. Then he moved to Maj. Hasan, who had a gunshot wound through the chest. Mr. De La Serna described the wounded major as calm and quiet, conscious but weak, a handgun at his side.
Ms. Munley underwent surgery Thursday night to halt bleeding and faces at least two more operations to remove the bullets in her thigh. Authorities said her husband, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, was on his way. Her Twitter account filled with messages of thanks and admiration from strangers world-wide.
As soon as the shooting stopped, soldiers in the processing center shifted into combat mode, ripping apart their uniforms to use as tourniquets. The wounded flooded the emergency room on base, where nurses and doctors struggled to cope with the injuries.
The slain included at least one teenager, 19-year-old Aaron Nemelka, who joined the Army last year, out of high school. Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, was 22 and had just married. Francheska Velez, 21, was an oil-tank driver who had completed tours in Korea and Iraq. She was two months pregnant with her first child. Five Army reservists were also killed, including Michael Cahill, who was 62 and worked at the processing center as a physician's assistant.
In all, 13 caskets, each draped with an American flag, were loaded into a C-17 transport plane on Friday afternoon, to be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware
Witness Accounts & Reports
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Pfc. Marquest Smith, on his way to Afghanistan in January, was completing routine paperwork about a bee-sting allergy when the sounds erupted.
A loud, popping noise. Moans. The sudden, urgent shout of "Gun!"
Smith poked his head over the cubicle's partition and saw an extraordinary sight: An Army officer with two guns, firing into the crowded room.
The 21-year-old Fort Worth native quickly grabbed the civilian worker who'd been helping with his paperwork and forced her under the desk. He lay low for several minutes, waiting for the shooter to run out of ammunition and wishing he, too, had a gun.
After the shooter stopped to reload, Smith made a run for it. Pushing two other soldiers in front of him, he made it out of the Soldier Readiness Processing center—only to plunge into the building twice more to help the wounded.
Smith had survived the worst mass shooting on an American military base, a rampage that left 13 dead and 30 wounded, including the alleged shooter, Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan
It could have been much worse, but for the heroics of Smith and others—like the 19-year-old private who ignored her own wounds, and the diminutive civilian police officer who single-handedly took down Hasan
"Unfortunately over the past eight years, our Army has been no stranger to tragedy," said a somber Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff. "But we are an Army that draws strength from adversity. And hearing the stories of courage and heroism that I heard today makes me proud to be the leader of this great Army."
Home of the 1st Cavalry and 1st Army Division West, Fort Hood has seen more than its share of deployments and casualties in the past eight years.
Shooter: As a psychiatrist, Hasan, 39, had listened to soldiers' tales of horror. Now, the American-born Muslim was facing imminent deployment to Afghanistan. In recent days, Hasan had been saying goodbye to friends. He had given away many of his possessions, including copies of the Holy Quran.
At 2:37 a.m. Thursday and again around 5, Hasan called neighbor Willie Bell. Bell could normally hear Hasan's morning prayers through the thin apartment walls, but Hasan skipped the ritual Thursday. Bell didn't pick up either time, but Hasan left a message. "Nice knowing you, old friend," Hasan said. "I'm going to miss you." About an hour later, surveillance cameras at a 7-Eleven across from the base captured images of a smiling Hasan, dressed in a long white garment and white kufi prayer cap, buying his usual breakfast—coffee and a hash brown.
At the processing center on the southern edge of the 100,000-acre base, soldiers returning from overseas mingled with colleagues filling out forms and undergoing medical tests in preparation for deployment.
Around 1:30 p.m., witnesses say a man later identified as Hasan jumped up on a desk and shouted the words "Allahu Akbar!"—Arabic for "God is great!" He was armed with two pistols, one a semiautomatic capable of firing up to 20 rounds without reloading.
Packed into cubicles with 5-foot-high dividers, the 300 unarmed soldiers were sitting ducks. Those who weren't hit by direct fire were struck by rounds ricocheting off the desks and tile floor.
When he decided that Hasan wasn't close to being out of ammo, Smith made a dash for the door. He'd made it outside when he heard cries from within.
"I don't want to die."
"This really hurts."
"Help me get out of here."
Smith rushed back inside and found two wounded. He grabbed them by their collars and dragged them outside. His second time through the door, he ran into the shooter, whose back was to him. Smith turned and fled, bullets whizzing by his head and hitting the walls as he rushed outside.
Around this time, Fort Hood Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley got the call of "shots fired." The SRP isn't on Munley's beat; she was in the area because her vehicle was in the shop. Munley, 34, was on the scene within three minutes. Just over 5 feet tall, Munley is an advanced firearms instructor and civilian member of Fort Hood's special reaction team. She had trained on "active shooter" scenarios after the April 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech University. She didn't wait for backup. As she approached the squat, rectangular building, a soldier emerged from a door with a gunman in pursuit. The officer fired, and the uniformed shooter wheeled and charged. Munley was hit at least three times in the exchange—twice through the left leg and once in her right wrist. Hasan was hit four times. From the first shots to the last, authorities say the whole incident lasted less than 10 minutes.
Pfc. Jeffrey Pearsall, 21, from Houston, was waiting outside in the parking lot for Smith. He was talking to his brother on a cell phone, when a group of soldiers ran out the door and a window shattered. It was only then that he heard the gunshots. He pulled his pickup truck forward, then hopped out and helped the wounded into the bed. He loaded as many as he could and sped off to the base hospital.
Next door, at the Howze Theater, Spc. Elliot Valdez was filming a graduation ceremony for soldiers who'd completed correspondence courses. Several proud scholars were posing for a group shot when Valdez heard a pounding at the side door. The door burst open and the theater filled with shouts of "Medic!" and "Stay in the building!" A combat videographer who returned from a 15-month Iraq tour in January, most of it in the notorious Sadr City slums, Valdez ran out into the sunlight. Crouching as he continued to roll tape, Valdez could see windows broken by fleeing victims. A soldier in his Class A dress uniform lay on the grass, a gunshot wound in his back. Soldiers in flowing black graduation robes and purple sashes rushed to help.
Pfc. Amber Bahr, 19, of Random Lake, Wis., tore up her blouse and used it as a tourniquet on a wounded comrade. It was only later that she realized she'd been shot in the back, the bullet exiting her abdomen.
Sgt. Andrew Hagerman a military police officer, was patrolling a housing area when word of shootings crackled over his radio. As he arrived at the processing center, bloodied soldiers, some shirtless, were already treating each other on the grass outside, ripping pant legs off and tying off wounds. Munley—with whom Hagerman had exchanged small talk on patrols—was being loaded into an ambulance. Hasan lay on the ground, his two handguns beside him, as medical personnel struggled to remove his handcuffs to treat his wounds. Hagerman entered the building, took a deep breath and asked himself: "What do I need to do?" He picked his way around the room's edges, careful not to step in pools of blood or to kick any spent shell casings. He had seen death during his two tours in Iraq, but nothing that compared with this.
In the confusion, Army Reserve Spc. . Grant Moxon 23, lost his cell phone. He borrowed a comrade's phone to send a text to his family in Lodi, Wis.
The message stated simply: "Grant. I was shot in the leg. I'll be OK"
Sgt. Howard Appelby 31, was at the hospital for his regular meeting with a psychiatrist. Appleby, who was born in Jamaica and grew up in New York City sustained a traumatic brain injury and has post-traumatic stress disorder from a roadside bomb blast during a tour in Iraq.
His appointment canceled, Appleby found himself pulling the dead and wounded from ambulances. In combat, he was used to one or two casualties a day. "This," he thought, "is crazy."
Lt. Col. Larry Masulo an emergency room physician from Farmingdale, N.Y., was heading into a monthly meeting to review new doctors' credentials when he heard of the shootings.
"Yeah, OK," he said. "Multiple gunshot wounds. Is this a drill?"
In the next hour and a half, he would treat nearly two dozen soldiers.
For several hours, authorities feared there were several gunmen. By the end of the day, it was clear Hasan had acted alone, they said.
Hasan, hooked up to a ventilator, was moved Friday to a military hospital in San Antonio. The woman who stopped him, Munley, awaited surgery Friday to remove the bullets from her leg. Her husband was flying in from Fort Bragg, N.C.
Her boss, Chuck Medley was thankful. "If an officer had to be close by to respond," he said, "Kim Munley is someone we'd want to be there."
Marquest Smith says some of the people he helped made it. But he knows others did not.
Afterward, Smith noticed a hole in heel of his right combat boot. A bullet had entered the boot, but he had somehow escaped injury—at least the physical kind.
After the adrenaline wore off, Smith was overwhelmed by a sense of betrayal, because this assailant who spilled so much blood was a soldier.
"We're supposed to be a family," he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: AP Writers Mike Baker and Paul J. Weber also contributed to this report.