Lots of chatter, hard to pick out whats real.......
No word yet on motive
, but the fact that at least three gunmen are involved already has Shuster and Miklaszewski mentioning similarities to the Fort Dix Six plot on MSNBC. Seven dead, 12 wounded so far. Supposedly two of the gunmen are still at large and one has fired shots at the SWAT team on the scene.
Stand by for updates.
New details from CNN
: One gunman “neutralized,” one “cornered,” no word on the third. The shooting happened at the “sports dome,” a.k.a. the soldier readiness station.
Whether there are two shooters or three seems to be in dispute at the moment, but there’* certainly more than one: The second shooting on the base evidently occurred at a theater
Update: M-16s involved
At least seven people have been killed and at least 12 more wounded in a mass shooting at Fort Hood Army Base near Killeen, Texas, that apparently began minutes before a graduation ceremony was to begin at a base sports complex, Pentagon officials said.Update:
Details of the events were sketchy, but officials said the shooting involved two men with M-16 rifles and began about 1:30 p.m. Central time at Howze Theater on the base, then moved to the sports complex, where the graduation ceremony was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. It was not immediately clear who the ceremony was honoring.
Fox News says there are reports that the men were dressed in fatigues
Hearing reports on Twitter that there have been shootings in the parking lot of some store in Killeen, the town adjacent in Fort Hood. Grain of salt, though: I haven’t seen anything like that on the wires.
One of the shooters is alive and in custody
. We should have a motive soon.
MSNBC TV says two shooters are in custody now.
CNN now says the death toll is nine.
MSNBC’* story has been updated to say that four SWAT members were
wounded in the shootout with the gunmen.
Am hearing via Twitter that Fort Hood’* public affairs office says the earlier reports of a third shooter were wrong and were based on a second eyewitness report of the second shooter. Which means everyone’* in custody now.
Heavy suspicions of a fragging grow heavier still. From Chuck Todd’*
Twitter account: “More from NBC’* Pete Williams: US official says early reports are the man in custody is in the military, late 30s, with officer rank.”
Good lord — there’* a report from BNO News
on Twitter that new shooting is being heard on the base. Nothing on the wires yet. Big grain of salt.
Press conference being held now. 12 dead, 31 wounded. No idea of motive yet but it sounds like both shooters are military. Or rather, were: One of the shooters is dead.
Okay, wait, I misunderstood: According to MSNBC, there were
three shooters. One is dead, two more are in custody. Has there ever been a case of “battle stress” that involved a conspiracy
by multiple people?
From the local Fox affiliate
, how it all went down. Evidently McClatchy’* report of M-16s was wrong:
According to officials, a soldier carrying two handguns opened fire at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Soldier Readiness Center at the post in Killeen, Texas.Update: Hmmmm:
“It would be an environment that would be very susceptible to casualties or injuries,” Killeen City Manager Connie Green said.
Officials said the gunman was shot and killed after quick response from security officers.
At least two other soldiers were taken into custody.
“A senior administration official told NBC News analyst Roger Cressey that the suspect who was in custody was an Army major with an Arabic-sounding name. The official said the shootings could have been a criminal matter rather than a terrorism-related attack and that there was no intelligence to suggest a plot against Fort Hood.”
The suspect’* name, via ABC
: Major Malik Nadal Hasan.
The suspected gunman was identified as Major Malik Nadal Hasan. He was killed and two other suspects have been apprehended, Lt. Robert W. Cone said.
The gunman used two handguns, Cone said. He wasn’t sure if the shooter reloaded the weapons during the attack.
The general called the attack “a terrible tragedy, stunning.” He said the community was “absolutely devastated.”
According to Brian Ross
at ABC, Hasan was a convert to Islam.
In case you’re wondering whether the other two soldiers in custody were actual accomplices or just being questioned because they knew Hasan, Rick Perry just said at the presser he’* holding that all three were shooters.
CBS reports that Hasan was a licensed psychiatrist
in Maryland, of all things. Meanwhile, Kay Bailey Hutchison apparently has info that Hasan was upset about being deployed to Iraq
. Which, without further specifics as to why, doesn’t tell us much given the possible motives in play.
This story deserves its own post but an update here will have to do: Remember that census worker who was found hanged, allegedly with the word “Fed” scrawled on his chest, which was of course instantly the fault of bloodthirsty wingnuts
everywhere? The AP reports today that investigators increasingly doubt he was murdered
and are looking now at suicide. Just something to bear in mind when the tut-tutting over making assumptions about Hasan begins tomorrow.
Per the last update, here’* another reminder of why it’* always a bad idea to speculate too much: Contra Brian Ross, the AP
says it’* unclear what Hasan’* religion was or whether he was a convert.
And yet another reminder: Hearing rumblings on Twitter right now that Perry was wrong and that the two other “suspects” have now been released
. Was Hasan, in fact, a lone gunman? If so, how’d those four SWAT members end up wounded? Surely he didn’t surprise them all after they arrived on the scene.
Something else worth flagging re: the tut-tutting about motives and speculation: The media had no problem today, even in its earliest reports on the shooting, noting how many soldiers have suffered from combat stress. In fact, apparently, it was one of the ways Charlie Gibson framed his report
on tonight’* ABC News.
If Hasan was a lone gunman, how could the general at his presser earlier say there were eyewitness accounts of more than one gunman
? And if neither of the two suspects in custody are that other gunman, then where is he?
Of the 11 killed (beside Hasan), 10 were soldiers
and one was a cop.
For what it’* worth, an eyewitness report of Arabic being shouted
during the attack:
Hunt said his son told him he loaded up many of the wounded and drove them to the hospital. The wounded relayed what they saw inside when the shooting happened.Update:
“They were telling him that one guy was shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting,” Tom Hunt said. “He couldn’t say much more than that.”
No mention of shouting in this eyewitness report
George Stratton’* son George Stratton III was five feet away from the shooter at the Soldier Readiness Center and suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.Update:
“He said he was there doing medical stuff and all of a sudden someone came through the door, walked behind the desk and just started shooting,” Stratton told FoxNews.com.
He said about 15 rounds went off and people started dropping to the floor.
“He peaked up over the desk and that’* when he was shot in the shoulder, and he just went down again. He said he saw one of his NCOs get badly shot,” Stratton told FoxNews.com after talking to his son in the hospital.
Hasan’* performance evaluation while at Walter Reed was, perhaps not surprisingly, a poor one
Lots of buzz on Twitter about Shep Smith’* interview with a colleague of Hasan’* who claims he was known to say things about standing up to the American aggressors in the Middle East. I can’t find a clip or print account, though. If you see one, please e-mail it to our tips account; I don’t have time to follow the comments below.
Local news is reporting that one of the wounded has died. 12 now besides Hasan.
Apparently, one of Hasan’* cousins just told Shep that he’* always been Muslim, not a recent convert.
So much for the “combat stress” theory: ABC News
reports that his upcoming deployment to Iraq would have been Hasan’* first.
Via the News Junkie, here’* the Shep interview with Ret. Col. Terry Lee alleging that Hasan thought Muslims should stand up and fight the “aggressor” and that he was “happy” about the shooting in Little Rock. Apparently Hasan was also increasingly agitated by the fact that Obama hasn’t pulled out of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The two suspects detained earlier were released, but according to Rep. John Carter, another one has just hauled in. Hmmm.