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At least seven killed in shooting at Fort Hood, Tex.

 
 
djjd62
 
Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:09 pm
At least seven killed in shooting at Fort Hood, Tex.

By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 5, 2009; 4:00 PM

At least seven people were reported killed in a shooting Thursday at Fort Hood, an Army post in central Texas that is home to two divisions.

Local news media said at least a dozen people were wounded in the shooting and that one gunman was in custody. Military officials were said to be investigating unconfirmed reports of a second gunman.

The attack occurred about 1:30 p.m. Central time at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Center, where troops are processed before deployment and upon their return from combat tours abroad, cable news networks reported.

Military officials said the post was locked down after the shooting.

Located near Killeen, Tex., Fort Hood is the U.S. military's largest installation and the only Army post in the United States that houses two divisions. It is also the home of III Corps headquarters.

About 65,000 soldiers and family members live on the post.

President Obama was informed of the shooting in the afternoon, a White House spokesman said.

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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:12 pm
@djjd62,
If only the victims had had access to firearms, this wouldn't have happened.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:12 pm
@djjd62,
Holy cow! Was it a disgruntled veteran?

I wonder what units were targeted. I was stationed at Fort Hood from the summer of 1991 to June 1994. C Battery, 1/82nd FA in the 1st Cav Division.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:13 pm
7 killed in shootings at Fort Hood, Pentagon says

November 5, 2009 4:10 p.m. EST

* NEW: Two shooters involved, Fort Hood spokesman says
* At least seven dead, 12 wounded, senior Pentagon official says
* FBI agents are headed to the scene to assist, FBI says

(CNN) -- At least seven people are dead and between 12 and 15 wounded in shootings at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, senior Pentagon official told CNN.

Two shooters were involved in the incident, and one has been apprehended, Fort Hood spokesman Sgt. Maj. Jamie Posten told CNN.

"At this point we're looking for the other shooter." Asked for a description, he said, "we're trying to develop that information."

On the Fort Hood Web site, the word "closed" is posted with the statement, "Effective immediately, Fort Hood is closed. Organizations/units are instructed to execute a 100 percent accountability of all personnel."

Watch developments live

Fort Hood was asking people on post to stay away from windows, CNN affiliate KXXV said. The incident took place at the sports dome, now known as the soldier readiness area, the station reported.

FBI agents are headed to the scene to assist, said Erik Vasys, spokesman for the FBI office in San Antonio. He had no other details.

Fort Hood is the Army's largest U.S. post, with about 40,000 troops. It is home to the Army's 1st Cavalry Division and elements of the 4th Infantry Division, as well as the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 13th Corps Support Command. It is located near Killeen, Texas.

In June, Fort Hood's commander, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, told CNN that he was trying to ease the kind of stresses soldiers face. He has pushed for soldiers working a day schedule to return home for dinner by 6 p.m., and required his personal authorization for anyone working weekends. At the time, two soldiers stationed there had committed suicide in 2009 -- a rate well below those of other posts.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:27 pm
@joefromchicago,
Probably true. Army has always had a thing about locking up the guns.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:30 pm
CNN is now saying as many as 9 dead and 20 injured
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:33 pm
@roger,
It just might turn out that they didn't secure the guns better then they should have.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 03:48 pm
(CNN) -- Two gunmen in military uniforms shot and killed as many as nine people and wounded as many as 20 at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, officials said.

One of the shooters has been apprehended, Fort Hood spokesman Sgt. Maj. Jamie Posten told CNN.

"At this point we're looking for the other shooter," Posten said. Asked for a description, he said, "we're trying to develop that information."

The shooters were wearing military uniforms, but it was unclear whether they were soldiers, said U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

One of the gunmen was shot and wounded by military police, Hutchinson told CNN. She said she got her information from a general on the base.

Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, said between 20 and 30 were wounded.

President Obama has been informed of the incident, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Officials at Fort Hood, which is the Army's largest U.S. post, were asking people there to stay away from windows, CNN affiliate KXXV said. The incident took place at the sports dome, now known as the soldier readiness area, the station reported.

FBI agents are headed to the scene to assist, said Erik Vasys, spokesman for the FBI office in San Antonio. He had no other details.

On the Fort Hood Web site, the word "closed" is posted with the statement, "Effective immediately, Fort Hood is closed. Organizations/units are instructed to execute a 100 percent accountability of all personnel."

Fort Hood, with about 40,000 troops, is home to the Army's 1st Cavalry Division and elements of the 4th Infantry Division, as well as the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 13th Corps Support Command. It is located near Killeen, Texas.

At least 25,000 people are at Fort Hood on any given day, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon said.

Fort Hood is home to the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, which is designed to help soldiers overcome combat stress issues.

In June, Fort Hood's commander, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, told CNN that he was trying to ease the kind of stresses soldiers face. He has pushed for soldiers working a day schedule to return home for dinner by 6 p.m., and required his personal authorization for anyone working weekends. At the time, two soldiers stationed there had committed suicide in 2009 -- a rate well below those of other posts.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 04:01 pm
Last count: 31 wounded, 12 dead.
djjd62
 
  1  
Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 04:03 pm
@edgarblythe,
sad to say, but there's lots of dangerous weapons at an army base
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 04:07 pm
It's fortunate the local police were so quick to respond.
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 04:08 pm
@edgarblythe,
I wonder what the MPs were doing? Did they respond as well? Or are they all deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan?
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snood
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 04:09 pm
I just performed a funeral honors detail yesterday in Lafayette for a soldier KIA in Iraq. Now this.
sozobe
 
  1  
Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 04:46 pm
@snood,
Hey snood,

I couldn't remember where you work but thought of you and hoped it wasn't Fort Hood. Glad you're fine.

Terrible news, though.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 05:51 pm
Shooter is Major Nidal Malik Hassan, a "mental health professional."

Make of this what you will.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 05:53 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
What are we to make of it? Shouldn't we get the whole story before making judgements?
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 05:55 pm
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

What are we to make of it? Shouldn't we get the whole story before making judgements?
of course not, you silly goose.
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 05:55 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Wow, a Major in the U.S. military. That is indeed remarkable.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 05:58 pm
@edgarblythe,
perhaps "mental health professional" is code for taliban sympathizer
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maporsche
 
  1  
Reply Thu 5 Nov, 2009 06:02 pm
@joefromchicago,
Did your heart even skip a beat before looking for some political angle?
 

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