Fort Hood

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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 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 »

Cops: Soldier Admits Plot to Attack Fort Hood

AWOL Muslim private arrested with bomb-making material

(Newser) - The US soldier arrested over a possible second attack on Fort Hood told police he wanted to attack troops there, reports CNN . Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, 21, apparently acted alone, said the local police chief, noting that he wasn’t aware of any other threat to the base. Abdo, a... More »

Soldier Arrested Over Fears of 2nd Fort Hood Attack

Details of attack plan not clear

(Newser) - A US military serviceman has been arrested after concerns were raised that a possible second attack could occur on Fort Hood, Fox News reports. Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo, a soldier from Fort Campbell who went AWOL on July 4, was arrested near Fort Hood. Authorities won't say whether he... More »

Hasan Faces Military Trial, Death Penalty

Alleged Fort Hood shooter's lawyer loses argument

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood massacre, will face a military trial and could, if convicted, be sentenced to death, Fort Hood's commanding general announced today. Hasan's lawyers had tried to convince the military that a death penalty case would be too expensive, time consuming,... More »

Suicides at Fort Hood Double Last Year

Army thinks 22 soldiers at the base took their own lives

(Newser) - More bleak numbers on military suicides: The Army reports that a record-high 22 soldiers either killed themselves are or suspected of doing so at Fort Hood last year. The number is twice the figure from 2009, and the rate is more than double that of the same age group among... More »

Fort Hood Hearing Hits Speed Bump

Attorneys request delay as Hasan returns to base for military hearing

(Newser) - The trial of the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage may be delayed. A pretrial hearing at the military base's courtroom for Maj. Nidal Hasan was scheduled to begin yesterday, but the defense team asked for a month to "process some paperwork," finds the Austin ... More »

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