Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says the Army major accused of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, was about to deploy overseas.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says the Army major accused of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, was about to deploy overseas.
Hutchison says she was told about the upcoming deployment by generals based at Fort Hood. But it was unclear if he was headed to Iraq or Afghanistan and exactly when he was scheduled to leave.
Military officials in Washington say the suspected shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July.
The soldier is accused of opening fire on the base on Thursday in a shooting that left 11 other people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman and apprehended two other soldiers.
UPDATE @ 5:03pm
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – The U.S. Army says 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting rampage on the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.
Lt. Gen Bob Cone said at a news conference that one shooter has been killed and two suspects were apprehended on Thursday. He says they are all U.S. soldiers.
The shooting began around 1:30 p.m. Cone says that 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.
He says the primary shooter used two handguns in the attack.
UPDATE @ 4:54pm
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – US Army: 1 shooter killed, 2 others apprehended in shooting at Fort Hood; all are US soldiers.
UPDATE @ 4:53pm
US Army: 12 killed, 31 wounded in shooting rampage on Fort Hood Army base.
UPDATE @ 4:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) – Army official says 9 dead at Fort Hood, Texas.
UPDATE @ 4:26pm
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – A Fort Hood spokeswoman says one shooter is in custody after a mass shooting on the Texas Army base. Army officials say at least seven people are dead and 20 wounded.
Fort Hood spokeswoman Sgt. Rebekah Lampan says authorities believe at least two gunmen were involved in the attack on Thursday.
She says it is not known whether the shooters were soldiers or civilians.
Lt. Col. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman in Washington, says there was a pair of shootings at the base.
Banks says the first shooting was at 1:30 p.m. and at personnel and medical processing office. He says the second incident took place at a theater on the base.
UPDATE @ 4:16pm
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – Fort Hood spokeswoman: 1 shooter in custody, at least 2 gunmen believed involved in attack.
UPDATE @ 3:54pm
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Army says seven people were killed and 20 wounded in a pair of shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.
An Army spokesman at the Pentagon says the shootings began about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a personnel and medical processing center at Fort Hood.
The spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Banks, says two shooters were apparently involved. There is no word yet on who they were, nor on identities of the dead.
Banks says the second incident took place at a theater on the sprawling base.
He says it is too soon to tell whether there is any link to battle stress or repeated deployments. The Army is suffering a record high suicide rate and other signs of stress from fighting two wars.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – The U.S. Army has closed its massive Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, after 7 people were killed and 20 wounded in a shooting.
The Web site of the base in central Texas has posted an alert that says, “Effective immediately Fort Hood is closed.” The Web site said that units at the base have been ordered to account for all personnel.
The site says, “This is not a Drill. It is an Emergency Situation.”
Several television stations in Texas say several people were both killed and wounded in the shooting. Officials at the base and in the nearby town of Killeen, Texas, have not confirmed those accounts.
Fort Hood is located halfway between Austin and Waco.