5 Nov

Breaking: Fort Hood Shooting (Open Thread)

                                       

7 Dead, more than 20 wounded. 3 shooters?

ABC News:

At least seven people have been killed and at least 12 wounded in a mass shooting at a Texas military base by what officials believe was carried out by two gunmen.
Fort Hood shooting, map.
Seven soldiers are reported to be dead and at least 12 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

One gunman is reported to be in custody and a search is on for a second shooter, officials said.

The shooting took place at Fort Hood in Texas, the largest U.S. military installation in the world.

The massacre is said to have taken place at a soldier readiness processiong center where young recruits would be taken to be inducted into the military.

Latest report I’m hearing is on a 3rd shooter.

Possible terrorist attack?

Not much time to blog, so readers are welcomed to build upon this thread (other authors feel free to update and build up this post).

UPDATE @ 2:20pm PST

Check the comments below for realtime updates but the latest is that the shooter is Major Malik Nadal Hasan… a Muslim. 12 dead

Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military base by what officials believe was possibly carried out by an Army officer.

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.

UPDATE @ 2:35pm PST

Check out Obama giving shout-outs prior to addressing the shooting…..unbelievable:

UPDATE @ 2:55pm PST

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. Robert W. Cone.

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.

Then what about the other two suspects? One individual going nuts this does not sound like.

Cheering at the death of our soldiers?

UPDATE @ 3:10pm PST

A defense official speaking on condition of anonymity to the AP says Hasan was a mental health professional — an Army psychologist or psychiatrist.

So true:

You know when it’ll be perfectly PC to speculate about Hasan? When cops find one of Glenn Beck’s books on his bookshelf

UPDATE @ 3:20pm PST

Metroplex Adventist Hospital received seven of the victims. One was under distress in route to the hospital and was later pronounced dead. Two are currently in surgery, one of which is an EMS paramedic. Four have been stabilized. Two were transferred to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple and two have been transferred to Seton in Round Rock.

Shooter?

Another possible Hasan.

UPDATE @ 3:35pm PST

Source tells Air Force Times that Hasan was a psychiatrist recently reassigned from Walter Reed to Darnall Army Medical Center @Fort Hood.

News Channel 25’s Natasha Chen has learned the suspected shooter Maj. Malik Hasan had “Allah” keyed into his car last week. He reported it as a hate crime.

per Drudge:

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Obama’s Pet-Goat Moment

UPDATE @ 3:45pm PST

The general said there were “eyewitness accounts of more than one shooter,” and the others were tracked to an adjacent facility.

UPDATE @ 4:00pm PST

From This ain’t Hell, his ORB:

hassan-orb

UPDATE @ 2:00am PST, 11/06/09

This appears to be his blog, according to CNN

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94 Responses to Breaking: Fort Hood Shooting (Open Thread)

  1. Wordsmith says: 51

    Just got home from work and am trying to catch up on everything.

    Jenn,

    Do keep us posted when you hear from your husband. Everyone there is in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Jenn Hunt says: 52

    He was killed, no hearing from him

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  3. tfhr says: 53

    @Jenn Hunt:

    Has this been confirmed? Has the Army or the Red Cross provided notification? I hope there has been a mistake made on notification.

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  4. MataHarley says: 54

    Jenn… I hope this is just emotions and nerves speaking, and you haven’t received a phone call. I join with tfhr in hoping this is a mistake, or an assumption reached erroneously. Don’t leave us, girl…. we’re here.

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  5. MataHarley says: 55

    Jenn, Curt linked the “safe and well” site above…. I’m going to link it again for you

    https://disastersafe.redcross.org/safeandWellSearch.aspx

    Also, in the FAQs section, they have a Contact Loved Ones website as well as an 800 number:

    1-866-782-6682

    If you have not heard from your husband, but also haven’t had a call from anyone notifying you, do not give up hope. As I said, they are still under lock down, and the emergency lines are flooded. Try these channels, and don’t forget to keep us up on what’s doing with your family.

    Prayers, hopes and love sent your way.

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  6. Jenn Hunt says: 56

    They don’t call, they come to your house. I know because they just left. I wish it weren’t true, still hasn’t sank in.

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  7. MataHarley says: 57

    Jenn, I just don’t know what to say except I wish this were all a nightmare from which you would awaken tomorrow. Your loss is of such magnitude even were it to happen when your husband was overseas on the battlefield. But this one?

    The “mommy” instincts in me just want to be able to hold you tight and say it’s all going to be alright. But we both know that tomorrow morning is going to be very different than this morning for you and your families.

    My heart goes out to you. And I wish you extraordinary inner strength in this time.

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  8. AnnMonterey says: 58

    Hopefully you have family and friends close by. My sympathies to you.

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  9. Jenn Hunt says: 59

    We are newly married, I was supposed to be moving to Killeen in a couple weeks once I finished school. All my plans for the future relied on him, we were buying a house and I was looking into another school to attend. My entire world is crashing down around me and there is not a damn thing I can do about it.

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  10. @Jenn

    Words won’t help. Nor even will shared feelings. Even though they won’t help, the feelings — for you — are there. I am so sorry.

    – Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach, California

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  11. Jenn Hunt says: 61

    Thank you to everyone, it still hasn’t completely hit me yet, so I am kinda worried that when it does I might completely go crazy

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  12. Hard Right says: 62

    I am very sorry to hear what happened, Jenn. The people of this site will be here for you.

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  13. Dr.D says: 63

    Jenn, we are all so very sorry that this has happened to you and the others who have suffered such losses this past day.

    You must remember that your husband died doing his duty, being where he was supposed to be, doing what he was assigned to do. You will honor him, and continue to love him, by remaining true to what the two of you believed in together. You will need to reassess your plans in the light of these new events, but remember that as you go on in this life, do it in a way to honor and respect the beginning your made with this fine man.

    May he rest in peace, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

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  14. beachnan says: 64

    Jenn, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and give you strength during this difficult time. May God bless your husband also. I would like to thank him for his service to this country. Words are so inadequate at a time like this. My heart breaks for you. God Bless.

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  15. mooseburger says: 66

    Jenn, my deepest regrets on your and on our County’s loss, my families prayers are with you, as are the whole nations prayers.

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  16. Wordsmith says: 67

    Jenn,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. I am grateful for his service to our country and my heart breaks at news of his senseless murder.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and with the other families who have lost their loved ones, yesterday.

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  17. Jenn,

    There are no words to make this easier for you and your family.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and with the others who lost loved ones yesterday.

    May God provide you with comfort during this difficult time.

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  18. Missy says: 69

    Jenn, my deepest sympathies to you in the loss of Jason, our hearts are heavy for your loss. May God give you strength to face your days ahead.

    @openid.aol.com/runnswim:

    Larry, thank you for posting the link. Things like this shouldn’t happen to our young people starting their lives together, full of hope, both taking on the responsibility of serving our country. This link might provide a way of sending our condolences directly to Jenn and JD’s family.

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  19. Scary Times says: 70

    Jenn,
    Please accept our concolences for the loss of your husband. I am praying for you and your entire family. May the Lord, Jesus, comfort you and bring to you peace and hope. God bless you, Jenn!

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  20. Jenn Hunt says: 71

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT CALL HIM J.D., HE HATED THAT! His family never listened when he told them, but he really disliked it.

    Thank you to all.

    His family is also going behind my back doing news stories. I am supposed to give the go ahead on those, which I have not. I am not ready, so hopefully they will realize the damage they are doing and stop.

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  21. Missy says: 72

    @Jenn Hunt:

    Thank you for letting me know, I understand, my husband’s family used his middle name, he also hated that.

    It is not unusual for in-laws to travel on a different path, you are all grieving now and it would be hard to predict or appreciate what’s going to happen in such a painful time. I sincerely hope all will work out for the best. Do what you know is right for Jason.

    Stay strong Jenn, keep in touch, we are all here for you and may God be with you.

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  22. Jenn Hunt says: 73

    His family is being awful to me. Telling me that we were only married for 2 months so I don’t matter. They are telling me things that Jason supposedly said to them but I know Jason wouldn’t say that…

    I don’t know how much more I can take! They act like they have more right to grieve than I do.

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  23. Dr.D says: 74

    Jenn,

    Remember, you are Jason’s wife, not anyone else. He chose you, and only you, you must not ever let anyone take that away from you. You and only you have the rights to speak as his wife, his next of kin. When he married you, he separated himself from his parents in order to begin a new life with you. Even though that has been cut short, the family unit is still Jason and Jenn, not Jason and Mom and Dad. This would have been the understanding of any man ready to take a wife.

    It is not altogether surprising that you are having these difficulties with Jason’s parents. In their grief, they are being selfish and not putting you in your proper place as Jason’s wife. This is not uncommon, sad though it is. All I can say is buck up, pray, have faith in God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and you will get through it all. It will be very, very hard. I hope you have parents and brothers and sisters that you can lean on at this time.

    Morn for Jason and what should have been, try not to let your anger at his parents get too great, and you will get through it all. May the peace of Christ be in your heart as you face this very difficult time.

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  24. AnnMonterey says: 75

    Yes, indeed his wife is his next of kin. My son recently married too and it is a switch in my way of thinking of him, requiring a bit of vigilance on my part. I am no longer #1 in his life and that is the natural order of things.

    In my experience, any death can bring out strange things in the people close to the one lost. Sudden, unexpected death is so hard. Feelings, attitudes, that may have been buried or withheld, emerge with the shock of loss. You just have to do the best you can and hope that the family can hold together out of love of the one dear to them.

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  25. Jenn Hunt says: 76

    Thank you, I am still having ups and downs, I actually laughed once today! I just can’t believe this is happening, it’s like a dream that I can’t seem to wake up from.

    I am supposed to be getting interviewed tomorrow by a news channel and I’m going to get to show our wedding pics

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  26. Jenn Hunt says: 78

    Just to let everyone know, the pic of Jason and the little boy is his nephew, not my son.

    I will put a link to some pics when I can.

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  27. Jenn Hunt says: 79

    Our wedding

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  28. Wordsmith says: 80

    Jenn,

    The photos are beautiful….and of course, heartbreaking, in light of what has happened. Thanks for sharing these.

    If you’re up to it and when you’re ready, I’d welcome a reader’s post from you, giving FA readers a chance to get to know more about the husband you just lost, and the young patriot who the country just lost. Tell us anything you’d like about Jason (and you and Jason). Help us keep the memory of his life, alive, and in the hearts of those who never had a chance to get to know him, personally.

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  29. Jenn Hunt says: 81

    Jason Dean Hunt was born August 25, 1987. He is just under 4 years younger than me, but he was almost always more mature than me. He loved me and my children with all his heart, I knew it, everyone knew it. He loved heavy metal, playing video games like Guitar Hero and shooting games, as well as being a big fan of World of Warcraft(WOW). He was known for being very quiet and always wearing black, but once you got to know him, he was the sweetest person ever. He loved Dr.Pepper and anything I cooked(I’m not a good cook, but he always told me I was, he never complained). He would die for anyone pretty much, he was my hero. We met at Walmart in Norman, Oklahoma in September 2005. I fell for him as soon as I saw him and we became instant best friends. I never got up the nerve to tell him how I felt about him, and he told me he didn’t like me when I asked him, so I started dating someone else and ended up married. I was married for 3 months when my husband left me, broke and pregnant.I lost contact with Jason for a while when he joined the military but on Thanksgiving 2006 I received a text from a strange number and it was him. Through texts I told him that I had been in love with him since the moment I met him and was always too scared to tell him. He confessed that he had always felt the same. A month later he was given leave for Christmas and he came to see me. We started dating and have been the love of each others lives ever since. We have been through so much together, including a 15 month deployment. It is so hard to think that he was taken from me somewhere he was supposed to be safe. We were married August 22, this year, 3 days before his birthday. It was a beautiful wedding and everything I ever dreamed of. He is the love of my life, my soul mate, and no one will ever live up to the standards he has set. He was God’s gift to me, I know he was made just for me. As I said in my vows to him, I will love him love after death, and I mean it.

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  30. Jenn Hunt says: 82

    There is going to be a broadcasted ceremony on Tuesday so everyone watch! I am flying there on Monday night and they said I will probably be interviewed.

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  31. Missy says: 83

    Thank you for keeping us informed. Televising the memorial allows the American people their opportunity to mourn and pay respect. We can be there in spirit for you and the loved ones of those we lost and remember the wounded and their families. I won’t miss it.

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  32. Jenn Hunt says: 84

    Thank you, it gives me comfort knowing I’m not crying alone

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  33. Wordsmith says: 85

    Jenn,

    Thanks for comment #80. I was actually suggesting you submit a “[Reader Post]“, and not just a comment.

    How did the interview go?

    I hope you are holding up and staying strong.

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  34. SoCal Chris says: 86

    Jenn, I am so, so sorry to read of the loss of your husband, Jason. Just remember that you are not alone as so, so many people care about you, and are sharing in your grief. And, we care about you here at Flopping Aces, and I for one, feel honored to have met you, even if through the internet. I do believe justice will be done concerning Jason and his fellow comrades, even if it takes some time. But, for now, I pray you will find strength and comfort through those who love you, and they will hold you up during this time in your life.

    Not to be trite in any way, I thought of this poem when I read your posts about Jason and how you are feeling right now. It gave me strength during a difficult time when I was needing some comfort many years ago. I know you’ve seen it, but I hope it helps at this time:

    Footprints in the Sand

    One night I had a dream.

    I dreamed I was walking along the beach
    with the Lord..

    Across the sky flashed scenes from my life..
    For each scene, I noticed two sets of
    footprints in the sand,
    one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord..

    When the last scene of my life flashed before me,
    I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
    I noticed that many times along the path of my life
    there was only one set of footprints.
    I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
    and saddest times in my life.

    This really bothered me
    and I questioned the Lord about it:
    “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
    you’d walk with me all the way.
    But I have noticed that during the most
    troublesome times in my life
    there is only one set of footprints.
    I don’t understand why
    when I need you most you would leave me.”

    The Lord replied:
    “My precious child, I love you and would
    never leave you.
    During your times of trial and suffering,
    when you see only one set of footprints, it was then
    that I carried you.”

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  35. Patvann says: 87

    Stay strong, Jenn.

    Many hearts are with you now, and forever.

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  36. Jenn Hunt says: 88

    Hey guys, it’s been a long, long time, but I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I was pretty lost and out of it when I posted everything above and reading it now is very strange. I made complete sense but I was lost in my own world at the time. I just wanted to update everyone that wrote on here, though it has been over 2 years, whew! I am still having problems with some of Jason’s family. I get along with others but his mother and sister still dislike me. He was buried a week and a half after the shooting in Norman, Oklahoma. That is the town we met in and the town his father lives in. We are still fighting for the soldiers that died that day to receive Purple Hearts, but because of this being a rare and odd thing, the rules and laws aren’t allowing it. Yet. I am currently living in the next town over from where he is buried, with my 3 kiddos. They are doing good, we talk about him all the time and they understand what happened. I will post a pic of a little area I have for him, some people call it my shrine, lol. I still cry almost every day, but it is much better than a month ago, a year ago, and 2 and a half years ago. One day at a time. We are still waiting for the trial, it has been pushed back numerous times and as of right now it is set for August. So we will see. I am in school, almost done, have 4 months left to finish my associates degree for esthetics, something Jason and I had talked about me doing as soon as I got to Ft.Hood. I am trying to keep him alive in everything I do and I’m trying to finish a list of things I had to do that didn’t get done. I hope that the next time I post I will be doing even better, and continue for the rest of my life. I have made it through hell and high water, I am stronger than I ever thought I could be and it’s amazing. Thanks guys for all the kind words, I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Looking forward to being able to post good news in the future! :)

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  37. Jenn Hunt says: 89

    @Jenn Hunt: Man it’s so weird to read what I wrote in the hours of my husband being dead but not knowing

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  38. Aye says: 90

    @Jenn Hunt:

    It’s so good to hear from you Jenn. I was just thinking of you a couple of days ago and wondering how you were doing.

    Keep moving forward with your life and keep Jason’s memory alive in your heart and keep sharing him with people who didn’t have the privilege of knowing him.

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  39. Curt says: 91

    @Jenn Hunt: I second Aye’s sentiments Jenn. It’s good to hear from you and I’m glad to hear you’re doing better. You definitely have made it through hell and it sounds like you made it back stronger for it.

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  40. Jenn Hunt says: 92

    Hey guys, just wanted to post another update. I am scheduled to go to court next month for the trial. That is if nothing goes wrong. The accused is asking for the judge to give him 3 more month to get his defense in order. The court is requiring the beneficiaries to testify as a character witness. I am terrified! But I am ready for this to be over! The shooter continues to get money every month for his pay, until he is found guilty, a lot of money. While we are struggling to pay bills. Luckily I have become friends with the other widow from that day and we talk to each other when we have problems. Anyway, I will give more updates when I find anything out. Thanks for all your support!

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  41. Jenn Hunt

    WHEN this horrible TERRORIST ATTACK, I was a new one here at FLOPPING ACES,
    I missed this blog,so I”M LATE to say HOW SORRY I feel for your lost,
    TIME HAVE PASS, but I still remember my first answer to a SOLDIER with ptsd being under ASSAN CARE
    at the hospital, he comment saying he couldn’t understand his doctor talking strangely to them,
    and he added that it must be his having PTSD for not UNDERSTANDING his strange talk
    ‘ I answer to him, feeling his distress, told him to report it to the top who is in charge of the hospital.
    not long before this POST announce the TERRORIST ATTACK with the ALAKBAR,
    and following it further came a NURSE saying he the TERRORIST, was trying to indoctrinate the SICK VETERANS and he was a psichyatrist and they where his patients
    YES that fucker was teaching his BOOK to the people and we would have not put two and two together if that comment was not done by the VET,
    he never CAME BACK AFTER,
    it did haunt me of what else that PSYCHO, PSICHIATRIST was demanding for medications on them.
    he had a position to kill them slowly with medications he had acces to liberally.
    I never forget that and the ATTACK he did killing and wounding so many.
    I hope you won’t have to look at that MONSTER and that it will help SENDING HIM TO BE HANG UNTIL DEATH
    best to you

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  42. Curt says: 94

    @Jenn Hunt:

    Thanks for the updates Jenn…stay strong. You have a lot of people behind you.

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