Update to shooting at Fort Hood
November 6, 2009
FORT HOOD, Texas -- At approximately 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5, a Soldier, Maj. Hasan Nidal Malik, allegedly fired shots into the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center on Fort Hood, resulting in 13 dead and numerous injured. As of this morning, 27 remained hospitalized.
In an early morning press conference, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, confirmed that the major was injured but still alive and in stable condition. He is in custody.
Lt. Gen. Cone said the female officer first responder who shot Hasan was injured at the scene but is in stable condition at an area hospital.
The incident took place near a theater where 138 college graduates were receiving their diplomas. The Soldiers in the theater where able to gain control of the scene and no one in the theater was hurt.
Cone said his number one priority was to care for the wounded. Army and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating the incident.
The victims were largely military. No children were involved. The commander expressed his heartfelt condolences the families and friends of the victims.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. will hold a press conference on Fort Hood at 1:30 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 6). The press event will be proceeded by an Army-wide moment of silence in honor of the Fort Hood victims, family members and loved ones.