At a press conference moments ago, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general of the Army’s III Corps and Fort Hood, revealed that contrary to initial media reports, the suspected shooter in the Ft. Hood murders is not dead. The suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is reportedly “in stable condition” and his death is “not imminent.” The female first responder who shot Hasan is also alive. Cone further reported that, while he’s not ruling out terrorism as possible motive for the shootings, the “evidence does not suggest” it was an act of terrorism.
Thirteen individuals have died, and 30 were wounded. Two of the victims were civilians; the rest were military. (Subsequent media reports say only one of the dead was a civilian.) He did not offer any comments about Maj. Hasan during the briefing, only stating that he has had “no personal background with him.” While he confirmed that other suspects were taken into custody, Cone said that evidence indicates “it was a single shooter” who was carrying at least one semi-automatic weapon. Tomorrow, Ft. Hood will observe a day of mourning.
,Hasan reportedly “hired a military lawyer and had been trying since September to avoid deployment to Iraq and leave the Army.” A co-worker identified as Col. Terry Lee told Fox News that Hasan “opposed the U.S. role in Iraq and Afghanistan and told others that ‘we should not be in the war in the first place.’” Lee added that Hasan “became more agitated, more frustrated with the conflicts over there” as a pullout from the war zones did not seem to be in the cards.