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Fort Hood shooting massacre: Suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" before shooting

Military officials have identified the gunman who killed 11 people and wounded dozens more at Fort Hood as Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan Military officials have identified the gunman who killed 11 people and wounded dozens more at Fort Hood as Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan
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FORT HOOD, Texas. -  The base commander at Fort Hood says soldiers who witnessed a shooting rampage that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire at the Texas post.

Lt. Gen. Robert Cone told NBC's "Today" show on Friday that suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, made the comment, which is Arabic for "God is great!" before the rampage Thursday that also left 30 people wounded.

Military officials say they are still piecing together what may have pushed Hasan, an Army psychiatrist trained to help soldiers in distress, to turn on his comrades.

Cone says Hasan was not known to be a threat or risk.

Hasan was shot four times during the rampage. Cone says he is hospitalized in stable condition and that military officials will interrogate him as soon as possible.

Ft. Hood shooter is alive

A U.S. Army spokesman says the Fort Hood shootings suspect is alive and was not killed by authorities responding to the attack. Lt. Gen. Bob Cone also says the death toll from the attack remains 12 after another victim died.Authorities said immediately after Thursday's attack that they had killed the suspected shooter, but Cone now says the suspected shooter is alive and stable condition.

Hasan is believed to have used two handguns in the attack. Cone offered little explanation to reporters at a news conference as to why the suspect was believed dead, saying only there was confusion at the hospital.

The shooting began around 1:30 p.m. Cone says that all the casualties took place at the base's Soldier Readiness Center where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening.

Meanwhile, two other soldiers who were taken into custody after today's deadly shootings have been released, but a third person is in custody.

Fort Hood is located halfway between Austin and Waco.

AP source: Suspected shooter got poor evaluation

Military officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July.

The officials had access to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's military record. They said he received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because military records are confidential.

The Virginia-born soldier was single with no children. He was 39 years old.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. At Walter Reed, he did his internship, residency and a fellowship.

AP sources: Authorities had concerns about suspect

Federal law enforcement officials say the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats.

The officials say the postings appeared to have been made Hasan and the officials say they are still trying to confirm that he was the author. They say an official investigation was not opened.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.

One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.

US Sen: Suspected Fort Hood shooter set to deploy

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says the Army major accused of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, was about to deploy overseas.

Hutchison says she was told about the upcoming deployment by generals based at Fort Hood, but it was unclear if he was headed to Iraq or Afghanistan and exactly when he was scheduled to leave.

Obama laments 'horrific outburst of violence'

President Barack Obama is calling the mass shooting at Fort Hood a "horrific outburst of violence."

He says he doesn't yet know all the details but promised the government would get "answers to every single question."

The commander in chief says it's a tragedy to lose a soldier overseas and even more horrifying when they come under fire at an Army base on American soil.

Obama also said his thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and families of the fallen.

Fort Hood

Located just outside of Killen, Texas - about halfway between Austin and Waco - Fort Hood is the largest activity duty armored post in the United States. It is home to the 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Infantry Division. Population is 53,416 active duty military, 217,402 retirees, survivors and family members, and 14,558 civilians and contractors, according to the Army. The Killeen, Fort Hood and Temple metro area is home to about 300,000.

Fort Hood plays a major role in Army training and testing as well as developing new equipment and tactics. After 2001, terrorism became a major focus there as the base transitioned from being open to closed (although visitors are allowed to visit museums and other non-restricted parts of the base). Many Fort Hood units have been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan - the 4th Infantry Division was able to capture Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Fort Hood was named for Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood, who gained notoriety as the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade during the Civil War. The area was created during World War II as Camp Hood, when the Army needed a wide open space to test tank destroyers created to counter the German Blitzkrieg. During the Korean War, the camp became a permanent installation and was renamed Fort Hood. The most famous trainee to move through Fort Hood was Elvis Presley.

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