Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fort Hood Massacre

A military psychiatrist opened fire at the U.S. Army's Soldier Readiness Center Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas killing 12 and wounding  31. The name of the shooter is Nidal Malik Hassan, a Major in the United States Army who had been transferred to Fort Hood from Walter Reed Army Hospital this past July. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech where he was an ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) member. He earned a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997, then went on to receive his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Bethesda, MD in 2001. He started his internship and finished his residency  at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, D.C. Major Hassan was due to be shipped overseas for deployment to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also taken into custody and later released. According to Fort Hood spokesman Christopher Haug they were not involved in the shooting rampage. Hassan, 39 years old, was born in Virginia and is single with no children. At this time he is said to be alive and is expected to survive. Nidal Malik Hassan was born in Arlington, VA on September 8, 1970 to parents who emigrated to the U.S. from the West Bank.
Fort Hood was opened in September of 1942, named for General John B. Hood.

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