Fort Hood

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4 Fort Hood Soldiers' Bodies Found

Army death count reaches 9 in Texas disaster

(Newser) - The Army says the bodies of four missing Fort Hood soldiers whose truck was swept away in a rain-swollen creek during training have been found, bringing the total dead to nine, the AP reports. Maj. Gen. John Uberti says the last bodies were found Friday, a day after the 2½... More »

5 Fort Hood Soldiers Dead; 4 Missing in Texas Floods

Army truck was swept into a creek

(Newser) - Army teams and other emergency crews are searching along a Fort Hood creek for four soldiers still missing from a truck that overturned in the swift water, killing at least five and injuring three, the AP reports. Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug says the search continued after teams late Thursday... More »

Fort Hood Loses Its 'Hug Lady'

Elizabeth Laird gave out 500K hugs to soldiers deploying, returning home

(Newser) - Elizabeth Laird doled out an estimated half-million hugs to American troops at Fort Hood, sending them off to war with a reassuring embrace and welcoming them back home with those same open arms. She kept up those hugs—along the way becoming known as "the hug lady"—through... More »

This Is What Happened Just Before Fort Hood Rampage

Lopez was enraged by leave argument

(Newser) - Specialist Ivan Lopez fired at least 35 shots during his 8-minute rampage at Fort Hood military base, killing three of his fellow soldiers and wounding 16, military investigators say in a detailed account of the shooting. The military has also confirmed that the shooting began after Lopez had an argument... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Ranted About Lanza

Ivan Lopez thought Newtown shooter 'pretended to be victim of mental illness'

(Newser) - Ivan Lopez was apparently something of an over-sharer on Facebook: CNN reports that the Fort Hood shooter ranted about Adam Lanza, complaining that the Newtown gunman was after his "minute of fame as a villain" and "pretends to be a victim of a mental illness followed by addiction... More »

'Escalating Argument' Led to Shooting, Says Pentagon

Ivan Lopez may have been upset about his request for leave

(Newser) - A bit of clarity is starting to form about what prompted Ivan Lopez to open fire at Fort Hood this week. Investigators are backing up early reports that Lopez had an argument with one or more soldiers immediately prior to the assault, reports AP . And while Lopez's mental health... More »

Shooter's Dad: He Wasn't in 'His Right Mind'

Ivan Lopez reportedly argued with Fort Hood officials about denied leave

(Newser) - Count the father of Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez among those baffled by this week's deadly rampage . "My son must not have been in his right mind," said Ivan Lopez Sr. in a family statement in Puerto Rico, reports USA Today . "He wasn't like that.... More »

2 More Heroes Emerge From Fort Hood Shooting

Timothy Owens, Danny Ferguson both died amid acts of bravery

(Newser) - As investigators continue to puzzle over the motive of Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez, two more tales of heroism during the shooting have emerged:
  • Military counselor Timothy Owens was one of the three people Lopez killed, and his wife says he was shot five times as he tried to calm
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Army: 'Strong Indication' of 'Verbal Altercation'

But Ivan Lopez's rampage still baffling to friends, investigators

(Newser) - A full day of coverage about Ivan Lopez hasn't shed much light on why he opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. In fact, the Washington Post quotes the mayor of Lopez's native town in Puerto Rico describing him as "quiet," "introverted," and... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Saw No Combat: Army

He worked as a truck driver in Iraq

(Newser) - More background but no answers in the case of yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood: The Army today confirmed that the gunman worked as a truck driver in Iraq from August to December 2011. He saw no combat, and the AP reports that his service record contains no mention of... More »

'Heroic' Female Cop Stopped Fort Hood Shooter

Ivan Lopez was being assessed for PTSD

(Newser) - The man who shot three people dead at Fort Hood military base before killing himself has been identified as Army Spec. Ivan Lopez, a military truck driver who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Texas base's commander says the 34-year-old, who served in Iraq for four months... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced to Death

Nidal Malik Hasan faces execution, but appeals process awaits

(Newser) - A military court today sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers. The same jurors who convicted Hasan last week had just two options:... More »

Judge Won't Let Hasan's Lawyers Bow Out

He rejects their request to take over defense of Fort Hood gunman

(Newser) - A military judge has resumed the Fort Hood shooting trial despite demands from the suspect's standby attorneys that they be removed from the case. The military defense lawyers ordered to help Maj. Nidal Hasan represent himself during his murder trial had asked to take over the case yesterday, saying... More »

Army Inspector Stole Identities of Soldiers: Feds

One victim was killed in combat overseas

(Newser) - A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct was charged today with stealing the identities of Army personnel—including a soldier killed in combat— in a scheme to obtain bank loans, authorities said. A federal grand jury indictment claims that James Robert Jones, 42, of Woodlawn, Tenn.... More »

Fort Hood Suspect: I Was Protecting the Taliban

Hasan will argue he shot soldiers to protect Taliban leaders

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gave his first public explanation for the 2009 rampage that killed 13 people yesterday: He was defending Taliban leaders. Hasan, who is representing himself in court , asked the judge for a three-month delay in the trial so he could switch his argument to a... More »

US Paid Fort Hood Suspect $278K Since Shooting

Army says it has to under Military Code of Justice

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood Major shooter Nidal Hasan has collected $278,000 in salary from the military in the years since the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting that took 13 lives. The Defense Department confirms the payments to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth , and explains that it's powerless to stop them: The Military... More »

Soldier in Anti-Sex Assault Office Accused of Sex Crime

Hagel orders review of prevention programs

(Newser) - Yet another military sex-crime probe has spurred Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order an immediate review of recruiting and sexual assault prevention programs, the Washington Post reports. In the latest scandal, a sergeant at Fort Hood has been suspended over allegations of sexual assault—while serving as coordinator of a... More »

Judge Orders Fort Hood Suspect to Get Rid of Beard

Nidal Hasan must shave or be shaved before trial

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan will definitely be clean-shaven before his murder trial begins, the AP reports. After a hearing today to determine whether a religious freedom law could allow the suspected Fort Hood shooter to keep his beard—which violates Army regulations —a military judge found that the defense couldn't... More »

Army Training Missile Falls on Texas Town

100 homes evacuated after dummy Hellfire drops

(Newser) - The Army is investigating how a dummy Hellfire missile managed to become detached from an Apache helicopter to fall in a Texas neighborhood on Tuesday. A soldier's kids spotted the missile as it fell into a field around 8pm and told their dad, who contacted the military. Some 100... More »

Suspect Shouts Name of Accused Ft. Hood Shooter

Muslim soldier accused of bomb plot yells out in court

(Newser) - The US soldier who allegedly planned to bomb Fort Hood military base had a disruptive and defiant court appearance today, reports the AP . Pfc. Naser Abdo would not stand up when asked and yelled "Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009" as he was leaving, referring to the Army psychiatrist accused... More »

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