Betty on the News: Fort Hood Shootings Suspect is Alive
Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in the horrific shooting at Fort Hood this week is said to be alive and in stable condition.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Contrary to previous reports that the lone gunman who shot 12 people to death and wounded 31 others at Fort Hood was dead, the alleged shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old military psychiatrist, is said to be in stable condition after being taken down by a civilian policewoman who was wounded in the process.
According to Army Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, who appeared on CBS’s The Early Show on Friday morning, Hassan, an American-born citizen of Jordanian descent, was said to have uttered the words “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great” during the shooting. However, Cone was quick to mention that he not able to confirm the rumor, only that it was what he had heard.
Reports that have been released in the hours since the attack on Thursday have painted a troubling portrait of Hasan as a possible religious extremist, who, despite pledging an oath of loyalty to the military, was supposedly unhappy at the possibility of deploying to Iraq. (CNN, AP)