UPDATE: 9:15 EST The shooter Major Malik Nadal Hasan is not deceased. He being treated for his wounds hospitalized tonight and in custody. 12 people are dead and 31 people wounded. LT. Col. Robert Cone said tonight. Hasan has been taken to Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Hasan is the lone gunman.
14 people were killed and 40 others injured when a gunman open fire at deployment center at Ft. Hood,TX in Killeen,TX area,on Thursday. The shooting happened approximately 1:30p.m. There is no motive for the shooting spree.
Ft. Hood, 60 miles north of Austin and 160 south of Dallas.
The Pentagon has identified the assailant as Major Malik Nadal Hasan an Army psychiatrist who was set to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Hasan was shot and killed by Military Police.
Soldiers Readiness Processing Center on the west side of the base. A spokesman for the base, Sgt. Major Jamie Posten, said the processing center was where soldiers “cycle through as they prepare to deploy.”
Two other people were detained by MP’s but have been released.
President Obama has been notified. Later the president spoke at an event in Washington, D.C. Obama called the shootings a “horrific incident.”
“It’s difficult enough when we lose these great Americans in battles overseas,” Obama said at the Interior Department. “It’s horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.”
The nation’s leading Muslim-American civil rights organization CAIR , Council of American-Islamic Relations spoke out and condemned the shooting. “this cowardly attack in the strongest terms possible and ask that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law.”
”No political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence,” the council said in a statement. “The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer army that protects our nation. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured.”
The victims were taken to to area hospitals. Ft. Hood was on lock down for several hours.
One of the witness was Retired Army Col. Greg Schannep an aid to Rep. John Carter(R-TX) was a Ft. Hood to attend a services told the FT. Hood Sentinel that he heard at least“three or four volleys of shots, with eight to 12 shots in each volley.”
“Initially, I thought it was a training exercise,” he said. But then, “a soldier came running past me and said, ‘Sir, there is someone shooting.’
“As he ran past me, I saw blood on his back,” Schannep told the base paper. “I don’t think he even knew he had been shot.”
Staff Sgt. Fanuaee Vea, 32, had just left the solider readiness center and was and was at home when the shooting took place. Vea was there an hour before the shooting took place. Vea drove back to Ft. Hood.
Some of the victims were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Tx according to The Waco Herald-Tribune. Four are operating tables the others six others were in the emergency rooms under evaluation.
Scott and White is the only hospital is the central Texas that is a Level one trauma center between Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and Austin.
Scott and White Hospital has made accommodations for the victims families.
All doctors at Scott and White were called in. Scott and White Hospital were placed on location.
Scott and White has asked the public to donate blood. The response was overwhelming. They had been turned away.
One person who has able to donate was John Hamilton a salesman from Austin, heed the call for blood. Hamilton went to Scott and White in Temple. Hamilton listened to radio while driving on Interstate 35.
“I figured that it was the least I could do,” Hamilton said.
The Temple VA center in Temple, Texas offered assistance and set aside 14 beds.
Killeen Independent School District was placed on locked down including schools located on the base. Temple Independent Schools were also placed on lock down.
“Temple Police Department requested Temple ISD place all campuses and district buildings in a soft lockdown, due to a situation at Fort Hood, TISD spokesperson Regina Corley told News 10 by news release.
“We have been directed to follow our regular dismissal schedule,” Corley said in a follow-up release.
Central Texas College was locked down until 5 P.M.
Texas A&M canceled classes for the remainder of the day.
Lt. Col. Robert Cone the Commanding officer at Ft. Hood. Lt. Cone said One person is dead and two others were arrested. All three was US soldiers.
Maj. Hasan 39 was recently transfer to Ft. Hood from Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. Hasan was stationed at Walter Reed for six years. Officials say Hasan had received poor marks at Walter Reed. The person spoke on anonymity.
Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and families at Ft. Hood.