Thirteen killed, 30 injured at Fort Hood

Major Nidal Malik Hasan
Major Nidal Malik Hasan

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

FORT HOOD, TX (WFLX) - Thirteen are dead. Another 30 are injured. It's the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

Chaos and confusion breaks out at Fort Hood just after lunch Thursday. According to Army officials, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist, opened fire at a military readiness center where soldiers, who are leaving for and returning from combat, undergo medical screenings.

Two guns including a semi-automatic weapon were used.

Hasan was originally declared dead. Apparently, shot down, but that report turned out to be erroneous. "He is currently in custody, in stable condition. I say again, the shooter is not dead, but in custody and in stable condition," said Robert Cone, U.S. Army lieutenant general and Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood.

Hasan, who was born in Virginia and a lifelong Muslim, was transferred to Fort Hood back in July. Before that he spent six years at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Authorities from a variety of agencies are now searching for answers. "There's going to be a lot of focus on, maybe people that he spoke to, why some action wasn't taken. I have no doubt that there's going to be some red flags floating around about this guy."

President Obama is asking that Americans keep the victims in their prayers. "It's difficult enough when lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire on an Army base on American soil."