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Tragedy Stalks Fort Hood


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Tragedy has struck Fort Hood, the kind that will weigh on the minds of Americans for months, and be remembered for years. At least 12 people were killed and 31 wounded in a pair of shootings Thursday at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, the Army says. Some late reports indicate the shooter was an Army psychiatrist who was about to be deployed. The Fort Hood website says the base remains locked down.

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by Christian Lowe

An Army official says one of the suspects in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday was an Army major and that he had two Soldiers as potential accomplices.

According to a report from ABC news quoting Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the commander of III Corps based at Fort Hood, the suspected shooter was Army Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan. The suspected shooter used two handguns in the attack, Cone told the network.

Nadal is suspected to have acted with two other Soldiers in the attack, both of whom have been apprehended, ABC reported.

According to accounts posted in KDH news’ Twitter feed, the shooter was killed by local police. Schools on the base are in lockdown and one Ft. Hood civilian policeman is among those killed in the attack.

Twelve people were killed and 31 wounded in a pair of shootings Thursday at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, the Army says. An army spokesman in Washington says the base has been locked down following the shootings.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Banks says the first shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. at a personnel and medical processing office. The facility, called a Soldier Rating and Processing center, handles administrative details for soldiers.

Banks says two shooters were apparently involved. There was no immediate word on who they were, nor on identities of the dead.

Banks says the second incident took place at a theater on the sprawling base.

Another Army official identified that site as the Howze Theater.

That official, who requested anonymity to discuss an evolving incident, said a graduation had been scheduled for 2 p.m. at the theater.

President Obama called the shootings a “horrific outburst of violence” and said his “prayers are with the wounded and the families of the fallen.”

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