Shooting at Fort Hood: Day two

1:22 p.m. Two civilian officers shot Hasan
By Greg Jaffe
FORT HOOD, Texas -- It took police about four minutes to arrive at the scene of the shooting after the 911 call, said Col. John Rossi, a deputy commander at the base.

Sgt. Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd, both of whom are Army civilian police, arrived at the scene of the shooting as Hasan was fleeing the the building, said an officer who witnessed the shooting. Hasan fired his weapon, hitting Munley in the thigh.

Hasan began to fumble with his gun. "He's reloading," someone screamed, according to an officer on the scene.

As he was reloading, Todd and Munley both fired their weapons, downing Hasan, said Rossi.

An officer on the scene stripped off his belt and used it as a tourniquet to stem the bleeding from Munley's thigh.

By Garance Franke-Ruta

12:43 p.m. Hasan, before the shooting
CNN reports on video of Maj. Nidal Hasan captured by a convenience store camera early on the morning of the shooting:

12:33 p.m Obama to attend service for the slain
Scott Wilson reports: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama will attend a memorial service at Fort Hood for those killed in the shooting, once one is scheduled.

12:03 p.m. Obama orders flags flown at half-staff
Speaking at the Rose Garden on Friday, President Obama expressed condolences for the victims of Thursday's deadly attack at Fort Hood and their family members, reports The Post's Scott Wilson.

"We don't know all of the answers yet, and I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all of the facts," Obama said. "What we do know is that their families, friends and an entire nation are grieving right now for the valiant men and women who came under attack yesterday in one of the worst mass shootings ever to take place on an American military base."


President Obama makes a statement about the shootings in Fort Hood, Tex., in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

He said he has ordered the American flag at the White House and all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff until Veterans Day as "a modest tribute" to those who lost their lives as many of them were willing to risk their own lives on missions to wars being fought overseas. "We honor their service and we stand in awe of their sacrifice, and we pray for the safety of those who fight and the families of those who have fallen," Obama said.

Obama also said he met Friday morning with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller for an update on the Fort Hood investigation.

11:53 a.m. More details emerge about shooting and its aftermath
The Post's Greg Jaffe and Rick Rojas report from Fort Hood, Tex.:
In the U.S., all military weapons are locked in arms rooms. Hasan used his own personal handguns in the shooting. Soldiers are permitted to keep privately owned weapons on base as long as they register them. It isn't clear whether Hasan registered his handguns, Army officials said. Soldiers aren't searched as they leave or enter base.

Shots rang out at the readiness center for as long as 30 minutes, said soldiers, who described the fire as continuous, methodical and well aimed. When the shooting stopped, Hasan was carried out and laid on the ground in front of the center with some of the other severely wounded.

Medics pulled off his camouflage top and began to treat his wounds, said Sgt. Andrew Hagerman, a military police soldier at the scene. Hasan and three other badly wounded soldiers were flown by helicopter immediately to the main hospital in nearby Temple, Tex.

Initially, soldiers loaded their wounded colleagues, some of whom had been shot multiple times, into cars and sped them to the hospital about one mile away.

"It was very moving. They were carrying their wounded buddies into the emergency room," said Janet DiPalma, a nurse at the facility. Some troops had ripped off their camouflage tops and even fashioned T-shirts into makeshift bandages and tourniquets, said Sgt. Howard Appleby, who had gone to the hospital to meet with a psychiatrist for PTSD and quickly found himself helping with the wounded.

"It was just like being back in Iraq," he said.

Many of the doctors and nurses at the hospital had served in Iraq and had dealt with similar mass casualty attacks.

Most of the wounded had been shot two or three times in the chest, stomach or neck, said Maj. Stephen Beckwith, a doctor at Fort Hood. "I was in Iraq for 15 months. When you are in Iraq you are prepared for this to happen."

Several of the wounded soldiers lay on their stretchers and prayed. Others asked for cellphones to call their spouses and let them know they were wounded. "It was a lot of rounds fired," said Beckwith. "It was hard to imagine one person did all that shooting."

11:48 a.m. No problems with care Hasan gave
The Post's Greg Jaffe and Rick Rojas report from Fort Hood, Tex.:
The deputy commander for clinical services at Fort Hood, who was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's boss, said that he went through a peer review in which his fellow doctors found no fault with the care he was providing.

"He was a dedicated hard-working provider who did really care for his patients," said Col. Kimberly Kesling, the deputy commander. "Sometimes people have demons we don't know about and make bad choices. ... People who take care of people with problems can develop problems of their own. "

11:15 a.m. The Facebook outpouring of support begins
A Facebook group has already popped up in support of the civilian Army police officer who stopped the rampage at Fort Hood. "Sgt. Kimberly Munley: A Real American Hero!" has 150 members.

"She is in the hospital recovering from her wounds. We can all leave her messages of gratitude along with 'get well' wishes on this page. Let us keep her as well as all those involved in our prayers!" write the group's administrators.


Sgt. Kimberly Munley (Getty Images/Twitter)

Another group, "God Bless SGT Kimberly Munley," is aggregating information about the wounded Fort Hood officer -- and growing rapidly.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to SGT Kimberly Munley...I personaly feel that this brave and courageous Officer deservs the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civillan...God blees you SGT Kimberly Munley and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery..." wrote Mark Campbell on the group's wall.

11:00 a.m.,11:26 a.m. Her name is Kimberly Munley
Last night, we heard the story of a heroic female police officer who returned fire on the suspected gunman and stopped his rampage. Today, we learn her name.

Fort Hood police Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of the report of gunfire, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone told reporters Friday. Munley shot the gunman four times, despite being shot herself, Cone said. She was in stable condition on Friday. "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance," Cone said.

CNN has a picture of her here; Cone identified her on CNN's "American Morning," below.

10:21 a.m. Suspect's apartment searched, computer seized
The Associated Press is reporting that "Federal authorities have seized the suspected Fort Hood shooter's computer" and that "Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's apartment in Killeen, Texas, was searched early Friday."

Earlier, KKXV News Channel 25 in Texas reported that "the bomb squad arrived just after 10:00 p.m. Thursday evening" at Hasan's apartment. "They examined the apartment using a bomb-defusing robot. Soon after, the all clear was given and detectives swarmed the apartment. Neighbors told News Channel 25 that Thursday Morning, Hasan was giving away all of his furniture and copies of the Qu' ran. They said Hasan was supposed to deploy in the coming days."

10:15 a.m. Obama will deliver Rose Garden remarks, visit Walter Reed
President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks in the Rose Garden at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, The Post's Scott Wilson reports. White House aides said his topic will be the unemployment numbers, but they said he might also address the situation at Fort Hood.

President Obama will visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

8:43 a.m. Did suspect shout "Allahu akbar"?
Matt Lauer spoke with Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the commanding officer at Fort Hood, Friday morning on NBC's "Today" show about the shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at the Texas military base.

Cone, the base commander, was asked whether the gunman yelled "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is great," as he was shooting. Cone said, "There are firsthand accounts here from soldiers that are similar to that."

November 6, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  | Category:  nation
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It seems like Matt Lauer already had the story and just needed the general to smooth-out the specifics. Once again, an "Entertainer" posing as a "Journalist." How sad that there are no real journalist around. A "Real Journalist" would have waited until all the facts were in, but (sigh) that wouldn't be possible because there are ratings that need to met.

Posted by: jrfern | November 6, 2009 9:36 AM

As I understand it, "Allahu akbar" is a cultural or religious idiom, not a political statement. More akin to a Catholic making a quick sign of the cross before charging into a scenario where death or injury is highly likely. I have no idea what "motivated" this rampage, but placing political significance on a statement that's about as commonplace as you can get seems a stretch.

Posted by: mytheta | November 6, 2009 9:49 AM

This man is nothing more than an evil coward. He does not belong in the same hospital as our brave young soldiers. Take him to the psych ward in Waco.

Posted by: inmanorj | November 6, 2009 10:45 AM

Well my fellow American's we see not one hero here but many who tryed to stop a "NUT" they did, I am just sorry to see he killed 13 brave American's and he'll answer for it!

In conclusion, Prayer is the only thing now we as American's can do for the fallen and the injured, and that's just what I have done, because Prayer is the only way America can overcome evil in an evil world.

..."Let your hope make you glad. "Be patient in times of trouble, "AND NEVER STOP PRAYING." ---(Romans 12:12).

Sincerely, Tommy Birchfield, Voter/Vet USAF
Graduate Student, Master's Program,
EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY/CLASS/2010.

Posted by: ztcb41 | November 6, 2009 11:49 AM

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