Additionally, it was stated that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was the sole shooter in the attack. The death toll now stands at 12, with 31 wounded. The shooting took place at the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Facility, where soldiers who are preparing to deploy go for last minute checkups and preparation.
As we reported previously, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is an active duty, board-certified psychiatrist. He worked at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood.
Hasan arrived at Fort Hood in July after practicing for six years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq, according to reports.
CNN, quoting federal law enforcement officials, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats. They had not, however, been able to connect him positively with the posts, and were still investigating.
Fort Hood is adjacent to Killeen, TX, about 60 miles northeast of Austin. The complex is home to at least 4,929 active-duty officers and 45,414 enlisted. There are also nearly 9,000 civilian employees.
The confusion over multiple shooters, according to Lt. Gen. Cone, was that some eyewitnesses believed they had seen people entering other buildings. After checking the other buildings, the U.S. Army has confirmed a single shooter was involved.
Lt. Gen. Cone noted there was a college graduation ceremony involving 138 soldiers graduating, as well as 600 attendees, that was happening in an auditorium only 50 meters away from the Soldier Readiness Center. First responders closed off the auditorium to prevent any spill-over from the incident.
The Lt. Gen. reported that evidence still indicates that he had two handguns, at least one of which was a semi-automatic weapon. There was no indication that these were military issue weapons.
He added that there will be enhanced security at Fort Hood, the U.S.'s largest army base in the world, in the coming weeks, and that tomorrow would be a day of mourning at the base.