US Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan Identified As Primary Shooter At Fort Hood

Update: Hasan is alive, the army announced. He was previously believed to have been killed.

Earlier: The suspected gunman in the Fort Hood shooting has been identified as Major Malik Nadal Hasan. He was killed and two other suspects have been apprehended, according to Army Spokesman Lt. General Robert W. Cone.

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A defence official speaking on condition of anonymity to the AP says Hasan was a mental health professional — an Army psychologist or psychiatrist. He recently trained at Walter Reed Army Medical centre in Washington, D.C.

There are unconfirmed reports that Major Hasan was a convert to Islam and originally from Virginia. He was reportedly scheduled to deploy to either Iraq or Afghanistan and was unhappy about it.

It goes without saying that the fact that the shooter was a Muslim will turn this into a gigantic story.

Picture via Twitter user Misstearah, a member of the army, who Tweeted: “The poor guy that got shot in the balls. Gen Cone is reporting right now. I’ve been standing next to h…”
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