2009 News of the Nation - Fort Hood

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Violence and Tragedy at a U.S. Army Post

In November, a shooting rampage at a U.S. Army post in Fort Hood, Texas, left 13 dead and 30 injured, including the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist employed at the base. Hasan, described as a devout Muslim, was unhappy about his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Hasan was shot four times by police officers at the scene of the crime; he was critically injured but survived.

While intelligence authorities had flagged Hasan's behavior in the past—he had communicated regularly with a radical cleric in Yemen—the inquiry against him was dropped after they concluded Hasan posed no physical threat. Currently, the FBI does not believe Hasan was part of a terrorist plot or was acting with any co-conspirators; he alone is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. Hasan will be tried in military court, and if convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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