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What is your speculation on the shooting at Ft. Hood?

Asked by Ansible1 (4819 points ) November 5th, 2009

Turn on the news, there’s been a shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas. They’re reporting 7 dead and 12 injured. Confirming 2 gunmen and possibly a third. They don’t know if the shooters are soldiers or not. What are your thoughts?

…this is so terrible

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SpatzieLover's avatar

It’s yet another tragedy. Someone probably wanted to commit suicide and was a bozo about it and decided to take out his/her angst on others and cause more death than was needed!

avvooooooo's avatar

Shit.. I know people there.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Unfortunately, tragedy happens.
There is no effective way to eliminate the possibility of random acts of crazy without severely infringing on the rights of everyone.

DOMINO's avatar

Think about it, why would there be soldiers in texas? It’s some crazy mo-fo running around killing everyone. Hello, ’‘Texas Chainsaw Massacare’’ ring any bells? I’m not trying to be funny, just saying that place is known for crazies. I pray for thoughs seven people whom lost their lives today to go to heaven.

avvooooooo's avatar

This is updating regularly.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@avvooooooo That and CNN. I’m keeping a watchful eye & ear.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@DOMINO It took place AT Fort Hood. There are soldiers involved.

kevbo's avatar

Army suicides are at a record high, so it’s not surprising.

A friend of mine witnessed his upstairs neighbor back from Iraq getting carted off by the police and EMS after he flipped out and started stabbing himself.

fireinthepriory's avatar

@DOMINO to clarify further, Fort Hood is an army base.

Val123's avatar

OMG….my son’s best friend is stationed there…..I’m calling him now.

Val123's avatar

All circuits are busy…..

DOMINO's avatar

Hay, I’m still learning. Ok, so It’s an army base, good to know.I’m sure others here diidn’t know either.:)

avvooooooo's avatar

@Val123 They would be, everyone and their second cousin is trying to call whoever they know there.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@DOMINO No I knew it was a base. I thought you’d understand if Fort was written out.

avvooooooo's avatar

Up to 12 dead, 31 wounded.

Val123's avatar

@avvooooooo I was able to get through, and his wife called me back….she hadn’t heard anything at that time. However, my daughter just called. She talked to another friend of theirs who spoke with Michelle, and she was able to get through to his commanding officer, and he said Zach’s OK…

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc207/Dutchcat1/Zach.jpg

avvooooooo's avatar

@Val123 You know you just posted his first and last name here, right? Please edit. :P

ubersiren's avatar

Terrible tragedy. I hate to hear things like this.

@DOMINO : Google an article. There’s all sorts of juicy facts on the internets.

casheroo's avatar

So sad, so the shooters were in the Army..Lt. Gen Bob Cone said at a news conference that one shooter has been killed and two suspects were apprehended on Thursday. He says they are all U.S. soldiers

Val123's avatar

@avvooooooo Where?? I didn’t post his last name…

YARNLADY's avatar

Unfortunately, berserker’s are getting to be more and more common. I just shake my head, and feel a few moments of sadness for their families.

Val123's avatar

@YARNLADY My son almost moved there this summer. He was going to stay with his friend, pictured above. ......

oratio's avatar

@Val123 His last name is on his uniform in the pic. Not that I see why that matters.

Val123's avatar

Oh. Well. That wasn’t his uniform!

scamp's avatar

How horrible! I have a dear friend who lived there for several years. her husband was stationed there, and they just moved to a different location in May. Wow! What a tragedy!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Oh, Lord! I’m just now finding out about this!!! What a tragedy!

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I haven’t really settled into a speculation at this point. I’m just glad my brother and my buddy’s are ok that work there.

EDIT: I’ll admit that my first suspicion (based on the shooter’s name) was that he was a well placed and very sneaky terrorist. That, of course, is an unfounded assumption and is clearly racial profiling.. however.. I wouldn’t be surprised.

Val123's avatar

The shooter was a 38 year old captain….a PSYCHIATRIST! He specializes in post traumatic stress syndrome!

Iclamae's avatar

I’m really frustrated that they killed the man and didn’t manage to end it another way that results in questioning him. There’s already discussion of his religion and last name. It won’t be long before the speculations start going back to 9/11 territory. I hope the other 2 potential shooters that were captured can be questioned before this gets out of hand.

oratio's avatar

There were two confirmed shooters?

Val123's avatar

@oratio I don’t think they’re really sure. At first they thought it was 3, but now they’re wondering if the other two just got caught up in it somehow.
What surprised me is that they have strict gun control regulations on the base. Basically the soldiers do not have access to their weapons, unless they have a civilian gun registered with the MP’s.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@Val123 It’s just not practical to search every vehicle that goes on post. It could have been a personal weapon or.. based on his rank.. I’m sure he could have managed to get a weapon on post without too much trouble.

Val123's avatar

His rank would have allowed him to get on base without be searched. I was thinking more in terms of the soldiers. I just assumed they walked around with their guns slung over their shoulders! But they don’t….

Also, I stand corrected. Michelle, Zach’s wife hasn’t heard from Zach and didn’t talk to his commanding officer. We still don’t know. I know the chances are slim that he could be hurt but…....

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@Val123 No, we don’t walk around with our weapons unless its an official training. Weapon control is of the utmost priority. The difference here is the man’s rank (Major).

Iclamae's avatar

oh wait, he’s not dead…? <sigh of relief>

YARNLADY's avatar

@Iclamae not yet, but condition not being released

Garebo's avatar

Does anybody know the killers name?

casheroo's avatar

@Garebo Nidal Malik Hasan
all the speculation is killing me. I hate it.

rooeytoo's avatar

He will be getting his wish, he won’t have to be deployed anywhere now.

Unfortunately neither will the 12 people he killed.

Garebo's avatar

@casheroo: thanks, I will compel myself from spewing.

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