Unfolding Details on Fort Hood Shooting

Friday, November 06, 2009

New details are emerging this morning out of Fort Hood, in Texas, where an army psychiatrist has allegedly killed 13 people and injured 31 during a shooting rampage. Major Nidal Malik Hasan is alive but injured after being shot by a civilian officer. We're joined by Ericka Aguilar, KUT reporter in Fort Hood. Matthew Cassese was stationed at Fort Hood in 2007 and 2008. He remembers a base that was safe, but says soldiers were frequently in trouble for drunken driving. We also talk to Detective First Grade Nick Casale, a former director of counterterrorism for New York City's subway system, about what is involved in a complex criminal investigation.

Here is a press conference from yesterday outside of Fort Hood. This clip shows how confusing it can be during a criminal investigation to get the facts straight. Yesterday they thought it was up to three shooters, one of whom died. Today we know it was one shooter, who is alive, but in critical condition:



Ericka Aguilar, Nick Casale and Matthew Cassese


Noel King

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On further reflection and additional reading, I learn that one of the two pistols used by the alleged shooter was a non-military pistol called a FiveSeVen. That pistol fires a small but very high-velocity round that can penetrate body armour with the right jacketing. Other than its unusual armor-piercing capability (mostly an irrelvancy in this instance since few if any of the shooter's vicitms were wearing body armor), the FiveSeVen is no more and no less lethal than any other common semi-auto pistol, as routinely carried by most handgun owners.
So, returning to John Hockenberry's comment; these are all "semi-automatic" weapons. His comment on that subject was as useless and as pointless as it was technicall correct. (Sort of like saying that the cars involved in a tremendous automobile crash that killed 13 were all 'gasoline-powered vehicles,' as if to emphasize the severity.)

Nov. 08 2009 03:26 PM

It's hilarious that immediately after noting all of the press errors with inaccurate or misinterpreted information, John Hockenberry immediately goes on to speculate that because there were "two handguns used, one a semi-automatic" that there may have been an element of "premeditation." Huh? Isn't virtually EVERY military-issued sidearm a semiauto pistol? Is anybody in the military still toting a revolver? Indeed, there may be some revolvers in use in the military, I don't know; but it ceratinly appears that John Hockenberry's remark about a "semi-automatic" pistol indicates that he probably doesn't know anything about pistols or semi-automatic weapons.

Nov. 06 2009 12:26 PM
Karen Dinan

I understand what John was saying about the shooter being in the "Helping Profession". That was my first thought when I heard the man is a Psychiatrist.
I think of people in this profession as having it together. But we don't know what goes on in the military.

Nov. 06 2009 09:11 AM

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