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At least twelve are dead and thirty more wounded after between one and three gunmen opened fire on US Army soldiers at Fort Hood Texas. Initial reports are that one gunman is believed to be a US Army Major (who may or may not be dead) and there are two more soldiers in custody on suspicion of being accomplices.
Information is sketchy at the moment, but the base has been locked-down.
Fox News is reporting that a man named Maliq Nadal Hassan Malik Nidal Hasan has been killed ws the shooter. He was is a 39 year old Major who worked on the base. Televised reports are that he was vocal in his opposition to being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. UPDATE: The latest reports are that he is alive, not dead as previously reported.
Fort Hood is the largest military base, by population, in the United States military. Approximately 70,000 people work on the base, including 9,000 civilians plus the families of the soldiers. It is home to two US Army divisions and III-Corps headquarters.
My prayers and heart are with the soldiers and their families.
Fox News has continuing coverage.
Continued updates below the fold:
UPDATE: President Obama called the shooting a “horrific act of violence” in a speech this afternoon.
UPDATE: Congressman John Carter is reporting he has just heard from Fort Hood that the two men in custody have been released and another man is being sought in connection with the shooting.
UPDATE: Malik Nidal Hasan has been confirmed as the suspected shooter by the Pentagon.
UPDATE: It is being reported that Hasan is was a psychaitrist specializing in post-traumatic stress. He was about to be deployed to Iraq.
UPDATE: CNN just reported but could not confirm that Hasan was originally from Jordan. Others have reported Hasan was a recent convert to Islam. Hasan was assigned to the Darnell Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.
UPDATE: The building where the shooting took place is a processing center for soldiers preparing to depart for or who have just returned from deployment.
UPDATE: WSB Radio in Atlanta is reporting the military is asking families not to call their loved ones, since telephone lines are clogged. Instead, the military is asking people to send texts.
UPDATE: Fort Hood expected to have a press conference by 6:10pm Central Time.
UPDATE: Both Fox News and CNN confirm that Hasan used two handguns of unknown caliber, firing a total of 40-50 rounds.
UPDATE: AP and Fox News reporting that Hasan recently received a poor performance review for his work while at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Source spoke on condition of annonymity due to the confidential nature of performance review records. Fox News confirms Hasan was NOT from Jordan, but from Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech where he was in ROTC.
UPDATE: Colonel Terry Lee (US Army-retired) who worked with Hasan stating on Fox News that the Major made statements six months ago in support of Muslims [Lee’s word] who oppose the US presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hasan reportedly did not support the wars in those two countries.
UPDATE: CNN reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff in that state.
UPDATE: Fort Hood news conference delayed again. Now no expected start time.
UPDATE: Previous reports by various news outlets that shootings took place at other locations on the base still have not been confirmed.
UPDATE: Fox News reports Hasan made several requests to not be deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq.
UPDATE: Fox News interviewing Hasan’s cousin, Nader Hasan, who reports Malik was always a Muslim, not a recent convert.
UPDATE: Cousin reports Hasan was picked-on due to Muslim heritage.
UPDATE: Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison reporting that Hasan was targeting specific individuals. No other confirmation yet. Base remains under lock-down at 6:30pm Central Time.
UPDATE: Hillary Shine, Public Information Director for Killeen, TX, reporting that local colleges have been released from lock-down.
UPDATE: Fox News has confirmed that the first two suspects have been released. No confirmation on a third suspect being arrested.
UPDATE: MSNBC now reporting that 13 are dead, 30 wounded.
UPDATE: Congressman Perry and others report that multiple weapon types were used, suggesting additional shooters.
UPDATE: CNN and Fox News still reporting 12 dead (including Hasan) and 31 wounded. MSNBC reported 13 dead, 30 wounded just prior to switching to Prime Time programming. CNN just reported (8:00pm Eastern) that Fort Hood just came off lock-down.
UPDATE: CNN talking to Base spokesman. Press conference will be at 8:15pm Eastern/7:15 Central. FAMILY HOTLINE: (254) 288-7450 254-288-7570 or 1-866-836-2751.
UPDATE: Base spokesman reporting that there were two shooters; the second shooter is in custody.
UPDATE: Presser seems unlikely, now 20 minutes late. For further reporting, check your favorite local or network news channel.
UPDATE: Awoke this morning to learn that Hasan is alive.