FORT HOOD, Texas – An Army officer opened fire Thursday with two handguns atthe Fort Hoodmilitary base
in an attack that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities
killed the gunman and apprehended two other soldiers in what appears to
be the worst mass shooting at aU.S. military base.
was no immediate word on a motive. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m.,
said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. He said all the casualties took
place at the base’s Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are
about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening.
“It’s a terrible tragedy. It’s stunning,” Cone said.
Alaw enforcement official
identified the shooting suspect as Army Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan. The
official said Hasan, believed to be in his late 30s, was killed after
opening fire at the base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
defense official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Hasan
was a mental health professional — an Army psychologist or
psychiatrist. Officials say it was not clear what Hasan’s religion was,
but investigators are trying to determine if Hasan was his birth name
or if he may have changed his name and converted to Islam at some point.
The only thing I say about things like this is that we don’t even know what this is yet. It hasn’t been twelve hours.