Skip to comments.Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan Was 'Calm,' Methodical During Massacre
Posted on 11/06/2009 5:30:04 AM PST by Saije
Witnesses to Thursday's massacre at Fort Hood said alleged shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was calm as he opened fire at a crowd of young soldiers, pausing only to reload before he was taken down by a female officer that many hailed today as a hero.
"It was very deliberate in his approach, they said that he was calm," Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, the base commander at Fort Hood, told "Good Morning America" today. "Several soldiers shot multiple times and were recounting how they were shot."
The attacker killed 13 people, mostly military, and wounded 30. The Fort Hood Web site today addressed the tragedy with a line reading, "Friday is Day of Mourning! -- The duty day will begin no earlier than 0900."
Sgt. Salvatore "Rico" Sanchez told "Good Morning America" today that he treated a captain who was nearby when the shooting started. Covered with blood that wasn't his own, the captain escaped unscathed, with only a mild case of shock.
"According to the captain that I was treating, [Hasan] was sitting down and he just stood up out of nowhere and started shooting," Sanchez said.
As the sound of gunfire erupted, Sanchez said he heard people yelling to call 911 and "all kinds of cries for help."
Cone said wounded first responder Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who exchanged gunfire with Hasan and managed to shoot him four times despite being shot herself, put a stop to the carnage with her quick thinking and willingness to go head-to-head with the gun-wielding officer.
"She was quite effective, one of our most impressive young policemen," Cone said. "She walked up and basically engaged him. I think, certainly, this could've been far worse."
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SGT Munley should get a battlefield commendation.
This was war, brought to our land by a muslim infiltrator.
Maybe if she’d been carrying .45ACP instead of a wimpy 9MM she’d have put him down with the first shot? He’s hoping Sgt Munley gets well soon!
did anybody try to fight back?
When will America wake up?? Now we have some in the WH.
Pray for America and Ft Hood
SGT Kimberly Munley did!
A Muslim shouts “Allah Ahkbar” and starts shooting, killing 13 and wounding dozens, yet the FBI says it is not terrorism, and we are all accused of having Islamophobia. We no longer live in America.
I see Geraldo is already calling for the scumbag to get a trial in a civilian court.
I'm sure the element of surprise delayed the reaction....but I see Sgt. Munley did a fine job...
What do you suppose they were going to fight back with? Most troops aren’t allowed to carry arms in the US while on base. The woman who shot the perp(not alleged)was part of a first responder team. The fact is, keeping our troops unarmed while on base makes them sitting ducks.
Last night, someone had posted a page from his official military record. Contained thereon was his Social Security Number. Any guesses on how many applications for credit cards will be made using his name and SSN?
First time I've read what he was disciplined for...other articles said it was a "personal matter." Guess so.
Was that before or after he gave away the positions of our military units by drawing in the sand on global tv.
Based on the general’s comment of, “His death is not imminent.”, I’d lay odds he’ll be given a military court martial, found guilty (as hell) and given a life sentance. Personally...line him up in front of a firing squad on the range. I’m sure there’d be a long line of volunteers...
My son was stationed at Fort Hood for awhile. Unless you are training or a first responder or a MP you cannot carry weapons on the base. You are suppoed to be safe there. The base is huge, the areas where they are training are many miles away from the building where this incident took place.
I bet soldiers were just thrilled to come back from Iraq and Afghanistan and hear this guy preach the wonders of Islam. Why did the U.S. military allow this to go on? This man was clearly a threat.
That's THE big question IMHO.
You don't expect a group of Amish school children to fight back against a lone gunman.
But these victims were mostly well-trained military. They should ALL have rushed him -- if not immediately upon the first shot, then while he was reloading.
As far as we can tell, however, the victims just assumed a "deer in the headlights" stance and were more-or-less helpless, except for that one heroic (and armed) policewoman.
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