Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission
Army soldiers shot and killed 12 people and wounded 31 in a rampage at Fort Hood on Thursday, officials said.
A military briefing at 4 p.m. said three soldiers fired shots at the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center, a complex of several buildings.
Most of those killed were also soldiers, according to the briefing by Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the post commander. One shooter was killed and the other two were in custody, he said.
Cone said that local police responded relatively quickly and killed one of the shooters. He said he believed that one Fort Hood civilian police officer was among the dead. Fort Hood has contract and military police, he said.
ABC News identified the dead assailant as Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan of Virginia.
Cone did not speculate about a motive, but the Army released a statement saying it did not believe the shootings were an act of political terrorism.
“Its difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil,” President Barack Obama said at a Tribal Nations conference at the Department of the Interior.
RTFA. Lots of first person tales of what happened. Not a lot of info, clarity, yet.
UPDATE: The CO at Fort Hood is holding a press conference, right now, 7:15 MST. The sole shooter in this event is not dead. He was shot multiple times and survived and is in stable condition in hospital, in custody.
3 soldiers held for questioning have been released. AFAIK this was a single shooter incident.
MORE UPDATE: My hero is Kimberly Munley, a civilian cop who responded within 3 minutes from nearby with her partner. She took down the shooter while being shot herself by Hasan.