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Fort Hood Shooter Asks to Join ISIS

'It would be an honor,' Hasan writes to militant leader

(Newser) - Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has no chance of leaving military custody alive—but he'd really like to be in Iraq or Syria, where he admires what ISIS is doing. Hasan's lawyer says his client, on death row at Fort Leavenworth, has written to the leader of the... More »

Marine Shoots, Kills Fellow Guard at Camp Lejeune

NCIS probing 'isolated incident'

(Newser) - A Marine is in custody after shooting a fellow Marine dead at the main gate of Camp Lejeune yesterday afternoon, the military says. A spokesman for the North Carolina base says both men were on guard duty when the Marine shot his fellow sentry inside a guard shack, Stars and ... 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 »

4 Dead, 16 Injured in Fort Hood Shooting

Shooter is among the dead

(Newser) - Another mass shooting at Fort Hood: Four people are dead and 16 wounded after a shooting at the Texas Army base this afternoon, reports AP . The shooter is among the dead, with initial reports suggesting that he killed himself. The Dallas Morning News reports that the shootings took place in... More »

Army Shaves Fort Hood Killer, Faces Lawsuit

Hasan's lawyer plans to sue, calls it a 'vindictive act'

(Newser) - The beard that delayed Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan's trial for months has been forcibly removed at Fort Leavenworth, where he is one of six prisoners on military death row. The Army psychiatrist, who called the beard a "deeply sincere" symbol of his Islamic faith, began growing it... 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 »

In Final Chance to Speak, Fort Hood Gunman Silent

Nidal Hasan had nothing to say during sentencing phase

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan continued his "absent defense" today, declining to give a closing argument as the sentencing phase of his trial for the 2009 Fort Hood massacre came to an end. Hasan, who is acting as his own lawyer, has not offered a defense or called any witnesses during the... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Guilty, May Face Death Penalty

Nidal Hasan found guilty on all counts in 2009 attack

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan seems to have gotten the verdict he wanted: The jury in the Fort Hood shooting trial has found him guilty on all counts, reports AP . That makes the former Army psychiatrist—who chose to act as his own attorney, but did very little actual lawyering during the trial—... More »

Fort Hood's Hasan: No Closing Argument

He faces death penalty, chooses not to rebut prosecutors

(Newser) - It seems clear now that Nidal Hasan's decision to act as his own attorney in the Fort Hood shooting trial was really a decision to not act as an attorney of any kind. A day after he rested his case without calling a single witness, Hasan skipped his closing... More »

Nidal Hasan Rests His Case —Without Offering Defense

Fort Hood suspect had planned to call 2 people to testify

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan, the soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, rested his case without calling any witnesses in his defense today. About five minutes after proceedings began, the judge asked Hasan—who is representing himself—how he wanted to proceed. He answered: "The defense rests.... 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 »

Fort Hood Victims May be Questioned by Their Shooter

Suspect Nidal Hasan is representing himself, so victims may have to face him on the stand

(Newser) - When a judge ruled that Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan is allowed to represent himself in court , she warned him it would be a "disadvantage." But there's a pretty huge downside for the prosecution as well: Hasan may well get to cross-examine the very victims he... 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 »

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