Gunman kills 11, injures 31 at Fort Hood (UPDATE 5: SHOOTER STILL ALIVE, IN POL. CUSTODY)

Posted by: ST on November 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm

(Post title updated. – ST 10:17 PM)

Disturbing news via Fox:

A shooting rampage Thursday afternoon at the Army’s Fort Hood in Texas killed 11 and wounded 31 before the gunman was killed and two suspects taken into custody.

All three of the people believed to have carried out the shooting were soldiers, Lt. General Bob Cone told reporters Thursday evening, though the motive remains unclear.

AP cites an unnamed source saying the gunman was Major Malik Nadal Hasan, though authorities have not publicly identified him.

Cone said witnesses reported seeing more than one shooter, but that couldn’t be confirmed. The primary shooter used two handguns, he said.

The shooting took place 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the post’s Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers undergo medical screening before being deployed or after returning from overseas.

Sound like a case Army infiltration? We know rad Islamists have targeted the military here at home before. At least the CIC had the decency to condemn the incident immediately after finding out about it, rather than waiting for days like he did the last time.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. More details to come as soon as they are available.

Random thoughts: Assuming this is the act of a jihadi – or jihadis – in the name of “Allah,” a show of hands how many of you think The Usual Suspects will demand more intense scrutiny on stateside Islamists as they have this year each time an act of brutality has been committed by an alleged “radical right winger”?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Update 1 – 6:39 PM: Lots of updates at The Jawa Report.

Update 2 – 6:41 PM: Via ABC:

The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, told Fox News that military sources informed her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq.

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.

Here’s more on Fort Hood itself, via the UK Times Online:

Fort Hood is the largest military base in America, has lost more soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other military facility, and after eight years of constant deployments had more than its fair share of highly stressed soldiers and dependents even before last night’s shootings.

In June 2007 The Times was given two days’ access to the sprawling 340-square-mile base, which is home to 70,000 people and adjoins the central Texas town of Killeen — an ugly conglomeration of fast-food restaurants, motels and shopping malls with all the usual accroutements of a military town: swathes of low-rent housing, pawn shops, loan sharks and an unmistakable air of transience. Even then the strains of war were obvious.

The 1st Cavalty and 4th Infantry Divisions had already lost 685 men and women, their names recorded on memorials in the two divisions’ respective parade grounds and many of the casualties buried in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on a hillside just outside Killeen.

Those names and graves were not the only way of measuring the toll that Iraq in particular was exacting on the base. Paul Dirksmeyer, a chaplain of the 1st Cavalry Division, spoke of the “emotional carnage” — the broken marriages, the mental afflictions of returning soldiers, the frayed nerves of the families left behind, the occasional suicides, desertions and instances of soldiers suddenly running amock.

The links on this developing story are piling up at Memeorandum. Stay tuned …

Update 3 – 7:34 PM: Andy McCarthy has more on Major Nadal Malik Hasan, the dead gunman:

Major Nadal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old Muslim convert, was born and educated in Virginia. He is a psychiatrist who worked at Walter Reed for six years (and got a poor performance evaluation there). Hasan was transferred to Ft. Hood and worked at the psych ward there. He complained about deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Fox has interviewed someone who worked with him at Ft. Hood (Terry Lee) who says he was a harsh critic of U.S. foreign policy who said Muslims had a right to stand up and fight against the aggressor in Iraq and Afghanistan — i.e., us.

Update 4 – 7:58 PM: Here are some photos taken this afternoon/evening in and around Fort Hood. (via The Anchoress)

Update 5 – 10:21 PM: The latest: Multiple news outlets are reporting that it was a lone gunman, not three as intially reported and that the lone gunman – Major Nadal Malik Hasan – is not dead but in fact alive, and is in police custody. Fox News reports:

A military doctor who reportedly feared an impending war deployment is in custody as the sole suspect in a shooting rampage at the Army’s Fort Hood that left 12 dead and at least 30 wounded, an Army official said Thursday night.

The news that the suspect, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was alive and in stable condition, came as a sudden reversal of early reports that the gunman was among the dead.

“I would say his death is not imminent,” Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said. Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was shot at least four times.

Two other soldiers who were taken into custody as possible suspects were released Cone told reporters Thursday evening.

A female first responder who shot at Hasan and was previously thought to be dead, was also alive, Cone said.

Federal law enforcement officials say Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats.

The officials say they are still trying to confirm that he was the author.

One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates homicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.

Hmmmm …

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  1. Anthony says:

    From what I’ve read from reliable sources (and this is all subject to change as more information comes out), the shooter was a convert to Islam, a US Army major, and an Army mental health professional upset at being sent to Iraq.

    Speculating, this sounds like a case of “sudden jihad syndrome,” in which a previously peaceful Muslim decides to wage war for Allah. Daniel Pipes wrote an article on it based on the experience at UNC Chapel Hill a couple of years ago.

  2. brome says:

    This is NOT a hate crime per congresscritter DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. See her eliminate our military from the “hate crimes” protected classes.

    LINK

  3. New Notion says:

    Immigrants, legal or illegal, should not be allowed in our military.

  4. NC Cop says:

    Now they’re saying he was a lone gunman……and he was only wounded and captured.

  5. NC Cop says:

    This guy was supposedly angry and posted online about his admiration for suicide bombers?!

    Does anyone want to take bets that this guy was under suspicion but nobody wanted to investigate him for fear of being labeled an “Islamaphobe”???

    I have a sinking feeling that political correctness just cost 12+ people their lives.

  6. I wonder says:

    yeah what is with that. apparently the same Lt. who initially reported the gunman dead has now stated that he was never in critical condition. sniff sniff i smell conspiracy?

  7. Larry Hoban says:

    I’m a USAF Retired Policeman. I’ve never been this angry in my 61 years. Maj Hasan deserves the death penalty. I’m an expert marksman… I volunteer to be on his firing squad.

  8. tailgunner says:

    Well, Napolitano (Janet Reno v2.0) was plum right about them thar DIS gruntled WAR vetruns, wern’t she?

    I want to see how the Obama gang spins THIS one. About the only thing this guy DIDN’T do was scream ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he fired.

  9. tailgunner says:

    ‘About the only thing this guy DIDN’T do was scream ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he fired.’

    OOPS….

    LINK

    ‘Hunt said his son told him he loaded up many of the wounded and drove them to the hospital. The wounded relayed what they saw inside when the shooting happened.

    “They were telling him that one guy was shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting,” Tom Hunt said. “He couldn’t say much more than that.”’

  10. Carlos says:

    That damnable gun just jumped out of its holster and picked its own targets and fired ALL BY ITSELF!

    How do I know this? First, people don’t kill people, guns kill people (just listen to the “destroy-the-Second” crowd. And second, surely no one could ever believe a follower of the “religion of peace” could ever unjustifiably bring harm to any innocents, could he?

    I haven’t heard ten words on the news tonight pointing out that pig is a muslim, and probably won’t in the next week, either.

  11. Great White Rat says:

    Immigrants, legal or illegal, should not be allowed in our military.

    I disagree. Many legal immigrants have a better understanding of the value of liberty than a lot of native-born Americans. If a legal immigrant wants to defend the freedoms of his adopted country, I’m all for it.

    In fact, take a look at this:

    More than 20 percent (over 700) of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients in U.S. wars have been immigrants.

    For every louse like this jihadi in our military there are dozens of immigrants who have paid the ultimate price defending America. I’ll go so far as to say that if a non-citizen loses his life in the line of duty, we should grant him (posthumously) and his family citizenship on the spot.

  12. DG in GA says:

    I first heard reports about the shootings as Breaking News on CNN Headline News while sitting in the waiting room at my doctor’s office. The reporter IMMEDIATELY said, “There is no reason to think this is a terrorist attack.” 90 minutes later, driving home from the doctor’s office, listening to the radio, again, reporters kept repeating “This is NOT a terrorist attack.” I found it very interesting that reporters found it necessary to keep telling us what the incident was NOT, when nobody knew at that point what it WAS!

    Am I surprised that the perpetrator is a Muslim? Absolutely not!

    NC Cop: I absolutely agree with you. When I read that someone WITH THE SAME NAME was posting on blogs expressing sympathy and understanding for suicide/homicide bombers but for some reason they WOULD NOT TAKE ACTION against this guy – what else could it be besides the same old PC crap?

    And I Wonder: Don’t be too hard on the Army officials not being able to give out completely accurate data within moments of the attacks. They were getting their information from witness reports – and the witnesses were understandably upset and terrified and inaccurate. But the media still needed to be fed…

  13. Anthony says:

    NC Cop:

    Does anyone want to take bets that this guy was under suspicion but nobody wanted to investigate him for fear of being labeled an “Islamaphobe”???

    I have a sinking feeling that political correctness just cost 12+ people their lives.

    My thoughts exactly. Fear of offending Muslims has permeated our governments – state, local, and national. I’m willing to bet there were red flags in this guy’s records, but it was ignored so that no one would get accused of “Islamophobia” or (more ridiculous, still) “racism.”

    The jihad is real, and it is within the US.

    GWR:

    For every louse like this jihadi in our military there are dozens of immigrants who have paid the ultimate price defending America. I’ll go so far as to say that if a non-citizen loses his life in the line of duty, we should grant him (posthumously) and his family citizenship on the spot.

    Exactly. Bravo!

  14. tatiana says:

    how do i find out who was killed and who was injured? my mom lives in killeen and works on fort hood,i need to know if she is okay

  15. Jo says:

    NC Cop, you are exactly right. That was my first thought on learning he is Muslim and has written about his extreme, deranged beliefs. The Army itself should be held accountable for allowing this disturbed PSYCHIATRIST!! to remain in his highly paid. sensitive position within our own military ranks. It is simply a case of political correctness run amok. Shameful.

  16. Jo says:

    Maybe my little brain has trouble comprehending the going’s-on of the more highly educated, superior thinkers in this once great nation but during the second world war, we rounded up Japanese Americans and put them in detention camps. Not saying that’s right but now we have gone so far in the other direction that we have known terrorist training camps all over America, radical mosques spewing hatred and Jihad across the nation and Muslim extremists within our own military ranks. But the ‘mood’ of the nation and our self-loathing has evidently changed so much that we are supposed to say, “But it’s their RELIGION! They have the right to their beliefs.” But wait, let’s condemn Christianity, get rid of anything that remotely resembles a cross and label any Christian as a fear-mongering, backwards, hating rube lest we be seen as marginalizing to the ‘rest of the world.’ After all, our own Dear Leader is traveling the glob apologizing for our many past and present transgressions and trying to get everyone to like us. What have we become? I hope someone with superior intellect can tell me . . . but wait, probably those superior Dem’s don’t visit here so I guess I’ll just have to sit here, an ignorant rube, after all.

  17. Anthony says:

    Have a look at this post by Patterico about how the LA Times tried to ignore the Islam/jihad angle, and then tried to bury any evidence that they had ignored it.

  18. Neo says:

    Soldiers who witnessed the rampage reported that the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — an Arabic phrase for “God is great!” — before opening fire

    “Allahu Akbar!” == poor “harassed psychiatrist”

    Now the “PC bunch”, which seems to include the FBI, are telling us that his being a Muslim had nothing to do with the shootings. Instead we are to believe that he was merely a poor “harassed psychiatrist.”

    Apparently, anybody yelling “Allahu Akbar!” should now be considered a poor “harassed psychiatrist” hellbent on killing everybody nearby. I wonder if the American Psychiatric Association will now come under “Patriotic Act” scrutiny.

  19. Bob says:

    I was not surprised to hear that the killer was a Muslim. I was not surprised either.when moving back and forth between various news sources to get updated information, to hear great pains being taken not to mention that the killer was a Muslim…well, except of course for Fox News, which worried more about accuracy than offending people.

    And of course, already, the killer’s family was given a soapbox by the so called news media to victimize the killer and demonize the Army. Sickening!

    This incident is just another example in an endless series of examples, not only in this country but around the world, that a Muslim’s first and only loyalty is to their Mullahs….not to their country….not to their family.

    When will people wake up to this simple fact!

  20. Anthony says:

    Tatiana, Ft. Hood has set up a hot line and the Red Cross has a web site for relatives:

    Fort Hood has set up a hotline for relatives of soldiers at the base to call for more information. The numbers, which are for family members only, are 254-288-7570 and 866-836 2751.

    Relatives can also register and search on the Red Cross’ Safe and Well site to find out more.