Thursday, November 5

Fort Hood shootings an "isolated and tragic case"

According to Military officials the mass shooting at Texas Army base Fort Hood was an "isolated and tragic case".

They stated that they were unaware of any increased security measures at other military bases.

12 people, including the gunman were killed and at least 31 others were injured.

A recently promoted US Army Major is suspected of opening fire Thursday in a soldier Readiness Center. The shooting is reported to have began around 1:30 p.m. All the casualties were confined to the base's Soldier Readiness Center where soldiers who are about to be deployed or have returned from active duty oversees undergo medical screening.

The main suspected gunman has reportedly been identified as Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan. He was shot to death by authorities.

**UPDATE** 11:01 PM - Maj Hasan is reportedly in custody and in a stable condition, not dead as was previously reported. There is little explanation as to why the suspect was believed to be dead, only that there was confusion at the hospital.

The suspected gunman who was promoted to the rank of Major in May of this year had recently transferred to Fort hood in July of this year from Walter Reed were he had been stationed for six years before being transferred. It is being reported that he was an Army Psychiatrist at the Darnall Army Medical Center on the base.

Ten of the dead were soldiers. One of the victims was a civilian police officer who was contracted to work on the base.

There are reports that suggest that more than one gunman were involved in the shooting.

Two soldiers are currently being held as suspects and there is another gunman whom is believed to be among those killed.

There are currently no reports to suggest that the shootings were terrorism-related and no links to a plot against the Fort Hood installation have been suggested.

The motive for the attack remains unclear at this point. It is reported that Maj. Hassan had been made ready to deploy to Iraq.

Below are comments from President Obama from on the Fort hood shootings.

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