amyjudd, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Fort Hood Texas Shooting: 13 Dead, 30 Wounded at Military Post
There has been a shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas today, with thirten people dead, and 30 wounded. One of the dead is a civilian. The incident took place at about 1:30pm Central Time today. The alleged gunman shot on the scene was identified as Major Malik Nadal Hassan.
There was a graduation ceremony going on at the time of the shooting.
Some wounded were been taken to Darnell Army Hospital and the others were flown to Scotten White Hospital in Temple, Texas.
Malik Nadal Hasan was thought to have been killed, and two others were in custody, but have now been released. Another is in custody however. The identities of the other three men are not being disclosed at this time. Unconfirmed reports stated that the shooters may have been carrying M-16s, but it was revealed that Malik Nidal Hasan was carrying handguns. KCEN was reporting that a second suspect may have barricaded themselves in a building.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson spoke to officials at the army base and said that the shooters were in military uniform, and Lt General Bob Cone has now confirmed that they are US Military personnel. All the wounded were also US Military personnel.
The Army confirmed early that a violent incident has taken place and first reported that many as fifteen people could be involved. Ambulances and police were on scene on a location in the center of the Army post.
The Fort Hood Military website is currently unavailable.
The shooting took place at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers enter and leave the base to go to and come home from war, and a Theatre Field Complex on the base.
President Obama held a news conference on the shooting saying that "my immediate thought and prayers are with the wounded and the fallen" and he asks all Americans "to keep the men and women of Fort Hood in your prayers".
Two nearby school districts were on lockdown as well, but the army base and the schools no longer are.
The Fort Hood Military Base is one of the largest US military bases in the world.
This incident is being compared to the Luby's Massacre in Killeen in 1991.
More information when it becomes available.