Deadly Shooting at Fort Hood Military Base (Update: Shooter ID'ed As Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Still Alive)
At least seven people are dead and 12 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the base's public affairs office told NBC News on Thursday.
The official would not give his name nor additional details. It was unknown whether victims are soldiers or civilians. One gunman was reportedly in custody and another was on the loose, NBC News said. A third shooter may be involved, according to NBC News affiliate KCEN, which said the person had opened fire on the SWAT team at the base.
Reports say as many as 30 may be wounded. Local schools are on lockdown. The Killeen, Texas facility houses service members being readied for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Update: Two separate shooting locations - one at the "Soldier Readiness Processing" center, the other at a theater.
Update: More, via Allah...
[The shooting] apparently began minutes before a graduation ceremony was to begin at a base sports complex, Pentagon officials said.
Details of the events were sketchy, but officials said the shooting involved two men with M-16 rifles and began about 1:30 p.m. Central time at Howze Theater on the base, then moved to the sports complex, where the graduation ceremony was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. It was not immediately clear who the ceremony was honoring.
Update: FBI sources tell Fox News that "no terrorism nexus" is involved. They must already have extracted some details from the surviving, detained shooter to make that statement.
Update: ...the two surviving, detained shooters.
The President will give an address at 5:00 pm Eastern.
Update: The toll is up to 9 dead, 27 injured.
Update: Make that 12 dead, 31 injured, per Lt. Gen. Bob Cone's on-site briefing.
The two in custody are U.S. soldiers. One shooter (also a U.S. soldier) was shot and killed.
Update: Via Drudge, the dead shooter has reportedly been identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist who was upset about being imminently deployed and the possibility he might have to kill fellow Muslims.
Unexpected update: Dead gunman still alive.
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