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18-year-old George Stratton III (Photo: Spokesman-Review) 18-year-old George Stratton III (Photo: Spokesman-Review)
Military officials have identified the gunman who killed 13 people and wounded dozens more at Fort Hood as Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan Military officials have identified the gunman who killed 13 people and wounded dozens more at Fort Hood as Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan
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POST FALLS, Idaho. - A soldier from Post Falls, Idaho, is among those wounded in a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.

George Stratton III was shot in the shoulder during Thursday's attack.

His father, George Stratton, told reporters that he received a phone call from his 18-year-old son immediately after the shootings. He said his son is expected to recover.

The younger Stratton was working at the Fort Hood readiness center and his father said he was about five feet away from the shooter when he was hit.

Army: Civilian officer shot gunman, ended rampage

The top commander at Fort Hood is crediting a civilian police officer for stopping the shooting rampage that killed 13 people at the Texas post.

Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said Friday morning that Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire Thursday afternoon. Cone said Munley shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself.

Military officials said Munley was in stable condition Friday. Cone said, "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer."

Cone also said he was inspired by a woman who helped carry a wounded victim and used her blouse as a tourniquet, then realized she'd been shot in the hip.

The suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is hospitalized on a ventilator.

Family calls suspects actions deplorable

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Kim Fuller, a spokeswoman for Nidal Malik Hasan's family says relatives in Northern Virginia are reaching out to law enforcement Friday to offer insight.

Hasan's family said in a statement Friday that his actions don't reflect how they were raised.

U.S. Military officials are still trying to piece together what may have pushed the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, trained to help soldiers in distress, to turn on his comrades.

US Homeland chief: Texas base shooting 'horrific'

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has called the shooting rampage at the U.S. Army's Fort Hood base "a horrific act of violence."

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Napolitano told reporters at the European Parliament "there is much we don't know yet" about the attack that left 13 people dead and 30 wounded in Texas.

The suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is on a ventilator and unconscious in a hospital after being shot four times during the shootings.

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