Twelve people have been killed and 30 wounded in a shooting spree at Ft Hood military base in Texas. A murderous rampage that officials believe was carried out by an Army psychiatrist, scheduled to be deployed to Iraq.
/assets/js/swfobject.js /assets/js/davfunction.js /assets/js/player/com.disney.mpf.Mpf.js /assets/js/player/com.abcnews.Mediaplayer.js // The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Nidal Malik Hasan. An Army official confirmed that Maj. Hasan would have been deployed to Iraq later this month.
The shooter was initially reported to have been killed, but Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone told a late night news conference that the suspect was wounded and in custody. Cone would not say what Hasan’s medical condition was, but said the suspect was not in danger of dying.
Hasan is not talking to authorities, said Cone.
Two other soldiers were taken into custody, but were later released.
Hasan’s cousin, Nader Hasan, issued a statement late Thursday.
“We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events at Fort Hood today. We send the families of the victims our most heartfelt sympathies,” the statement read. “Nidal was an American citizen. He was Born in Arlington, Virginia and raised here in America…Our family loves America. We are proud of our country, and saddened by today’s tragedy.”
Hasan allegedly opened fire and killed 12 people on the post before he was shot several times. Among the wounded was a female police officer who exchanged gunfire with Hasan
President Obama called the Fort Hood shootings a “horrific outburst of violence.”
“It is difficult enough to lose soldiers overseas, but it is horrifying that they should lose their lives at an Army base in the U.S.,” he said
Source: NewsOne, ABC News
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