'Death Is Not Imminent' for Hasan Despite Multiple Shots

Plus, a report that he was yelling in Arabic
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 9:23 PM CST
Military officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood today was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Suspected Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan isn’t mortally wounded despite taking at least four bullets, military officials say tonight. “I would say his death is not imminent,” notes a spokesman at the Texas military base where the Army psychiatrist killed 12 and injured 31 earlier today. Meanwhile, the parents of a soldier on the base say their son was told Hasan, 39, was yelling in Arabic during the spree.

“They were telling him that one guy was shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting,” Tom Hunt—father of Pvt. James Hunt, who did not witness the incident—tells the Galveston County Daily News. “He couldn’t say much more than that.” Though the AP says officials can’t confirm Hasan’s religious affiliation, "we know" he's a Muslim, according to blogger Eric Erickson and others—who see a left-wing media conspiracy that will downplay any links to terrorism and seek to blame “George Bush’s war.”