Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fort Hood, Texas Shooting: 12 dead, 31 injured (video - updates)

City Brights: Zennie Abraham : Fort Hood, Texas Shooting: 12 dead, 31 injured (video - updates)

Video from local television station KCEN.

UPDATE: Obama now speaks on the tragedy. The President at a previously scheduled meeting with Native American groups and changed his speech in mid-course to talk about what happened. He was careful not to overstate the numbers of people harmed and asked that we all keep the men and women of Fort Hood in our thoughts. He then quickly exited the stage.

UPDATE: The gunmen were confirmed as military officers during a press conference reported on CNN's "The Situation Room".

UPDATE: 12 killed according to CNN's Barbara Starr and now 31 injured, all U.S. Military personnel.

Original blog post with updates:

This is covered on television and just happened by what apparently and reportedly is an upset set of of soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, near Waco, Texas. There are reports of up to three gunmen, one already arrested, two others the subject of a search. 7 are dead and 12 are injured.

Fort Hood is on lockdown now; the 55,000 people not allowed to go anywhere.

There was a graduation ceremony going on at the time of the shooting, according to MSNBC and CNN. The shooting happened at the solidier readiness facility on the base.

The gunmen were carrying M-16s according to General Russell Honore U.S. Amry (Ret.) on Rich Sanchez Show on CNN just three minutes ago. Fort Hood is one of the largest U.S. Army installations in the country.

Cao's Blog reports:

Fort Hood is next to Killeen, northeast of Austin; home to about 5,000 active duty officers and 45,000 enlisted; with approximately 9,000 civilian employees.

In August, there was a shooting at Ft. Hood that left Spc. Ryan Richard Schlack, 30, of Oshkosh, Wis. dead and Fort Hood Spc. Armando Ray Baca was taken into custody. There was another shooting in August, and another in October.

This story is developing and much of the information beyond the deaths and injuries, and that the gunmen may be solidiers, is not well-known.

UPDATE: CNN reports that President Obama was informed of the incident.

UPDATE: Confirmed - more than one gunman and in military uniform.

UPDATE: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson says 30 people were wounded.

More soon.

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