Fort Hood shooting by Major Nidal Malik Hasan

Latest on Fort Hood shooting which had 13 killed and 30 injured at US Army base: a US army officer called Major Nidal Malik Hasan has been named as the man responsible for killing 13 people and injuring 30 more in a mass shooting at a Texas military base.

And please don't include any religion in this senseless massacre! Just come up with a story that the killer is just crazy!

Major Hasan, a military psychiatrist who had allegedly called for Muslims to attack Americans over the Iraq war, is critically ill and under guard in hospital.

CCTV images unearthed by US news broadcaster CNN appear to show Hasan in traditional Muslim clothing, including a prayer cap, in a shop on the base in the hours before the killings.

The authorities initially believed he had been killed in the ensuing gun battle with police but it later emerged he was still alive despite being shot four times in the incident at Fort Hood base, the largest American military installation in the world.

The serviceman was about to be posted to either Iraq or Afghanistan and argued regularly against the wars, it has been claimed.

Hasan, armed with two handguns, walked into a training centre and opened fire on fellow soldiers who were having last-minute medical check-ups before being deployed to Afghanistan. Thirteen were killed and 30 injured.

Partially quoted from, "Fort Hood shooting: 13 killed and 30 injured at US Army base".

A MILITARY official says one more person has died after being injured during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas.

Post spokesman Tyler Broadway said early Friday that the toll now stands at 13 dead and 30 wounded. Late Thursday, officials said 12 people had been killed and 31 wounded in the afternoon attack.

The shooter used two pistols, one of them a semi-automatic. Neither were military-issued. The victims' identities haven't been released.

The suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was on a ventilator and unconscious in a hospital late on Thursday. The Army psychiatrist was shot four times after the rampage began around 1.30 pm.

The motive for the shootings isn't clear, but Hasan was apparently set to deploy soon. He also had expressed some anger about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama called the shooting at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, 'a horrific outburst of violence.'

From Straits Times, "US base shooting: 13 dead".

In an interview, his aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, said he had endured name-calling and harassment about his Muslim faith for years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and had sought for several years to be discharged from the military.

"I know what that is like," she said. "Some people can take it, and some cannot. He had listened to all of that, and he wanted out of the military, and they would not let him leave even after he offered to repay" for his medical training.

Partially quoted from Washington Post, "Suspect, devout Muslim from Va., wanted Army discharge, aunt said".


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