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Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military base in a murderous rampage that officials believe was carried out by an Army officer.
The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, told Fox News that military sources informed her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq.
The shooter was killed and two other suspects, who are also soldiers, have been apprehended, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone said.
The general said there were “eyewitness accounts of more than one shooter,” and the others were tracked to an adjacent facility.
My prayers go out to the families of those who were murdered in cold blood while serving our country.
Updates to follow as they become available.
UPDATE: Congressman John Carter just told Bret Baier that he had received word that the two suspects were released, but there is currently a manhunt underway for a different suspect. This is information which was given to the congressman minutes before appearing on Special Report.
UPDATE: Jake Tapper on Twitter:
Source tells Air Force Times that Hasan was a psychiatrist recently reassigned from Walter Reed to Darnall Army Medical Center @Fort Hood.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin linked to a picture of the suspect on Twitter. See above.
UPDATE: CNN just reported that they have heard from sources that Hassan was being “watched” by federal authorities for internet postings/activity
UPDATE: Colonel Terry Lee interview on Fox. Colonel Lee worked with Hassan and claims he made disturbing comments including that Muslims should “rise up” against and fight against the “aggressors” in Iraq & Afghanistan.