Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shooting at Fort Hood - 13 Dead and 31 Wounded - Breaking Hasan Still Alive

Via Memeorandum
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed or wounded in the horrific shooting today at Fort Hood. Dr. Nidal Hasan, a Psychiatrist, has been identified as the shooter responsible for the deaths of 13 and the wounding of 31 others.  According to CNN, Hasan had been upset at the prospect of his scheduled deployment to Iraq.  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson provided some background information:
Hasan was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq, "and appeared to be upset about that," Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said.
"I think that there is a lot of investigation going on now into his background and what he was doing that was not known before," Hutchison said.
 From the Charlotte Observer, AP sources report Federal law enforcement officials had been aware of threats from Hasan for some time due to internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other attacks.  No official investigation was opened despite some troubling statements attributed to Hasan:
One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.
A former colleague retired Colonel Terry Lee gave an interview to Shepard Smith of Fox News earlier that gives further background on the "outlandish statements" made by Hasan:

Hasan had been hopeful that Obama would withdraw troops from Iraq and expressed open disagreement with US involvement in the country.  Lee reports that Hasan became increasingly upset when no move was made to withdraw from Iraq.  Lee also suggests that something must have happened at Walter Reed Hospital to cause Hasan's transfer to Fort Hood.  Allahpundit linked to a report indicating Hasan had indeed received a poor evaluation while at Walter Reed.

While watching the press conference right now, comes the breaking news Hasan is still alive but was wounded during the shooting.  More to follow

Memeorandum  has many more reports to follow on this topic.

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