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November 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/05/09

Tonight, the latest developments on the shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas. 12 people killed and just moments ago we learned the suspected gunman is alive. There were earlier reports he was killed. Stay with us for live coverage through Midnight ET.

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  1. Eddie

    You are an American Solider first or do not sign on the dotted line. He got a great medical education and wanted a get out free card. If a person of faith can not bring arms against the same they need not join the military. Your Allegence is to your fellow soliders, country. God Bless all military men and women...Thank you for your service. Not Red or Blue....just red, white and blue....

    November 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  2. Shannon, VA

    @lisa

    Amen to that.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Kelly

    @Gary,
    Very good point......

    November 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! God Blesses us all!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  5. Aamer From Las Vegas NV

    Hey Anderson, This garb which Maj Nidal is wearing is Pakistani Traditional clothes. NOT from Jordan

    November 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  6. Shannon, VA

    Wow, this is the worst mass-murder on a US base in history? Sheesh.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Tamika

    @jp you are soo right, we are all stressed to the max even our children. What are they going to be like in a couple of years. This war has really taken a huge toll on us.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  8. Jeff M

    As a lifetime member of the disabled American Veterans, where can
    we help outside of Fort Hood?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  9. amwh

    Did this doctor by any chance claim he was harrassed just after his 4 years of medical school? Does anyone know what year he began to claim this? The military should get our tax money back from any doctor who gets their long and valuable and expensive education from them and then finds some excuse to leave. We were in the Gulf in 1991, why did this man want to be in the army after that? So he could get his education paid for?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen, Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you almost tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Thanks for coming this hour!!!!!!!! See you almost tomorrow night!

    Anderson,
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you almost tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  11. Susan

    The taboo against taking human life is so ingrained, so strong, that he would have needed to be able to justify his behavior. He could only have done that with hate filled propaganda – because he had so much ethics training to the contrary.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    General Honore makes it clear for me how these attacks affect the community at Ft Hood. Just the communication aspect of the situation, deployed soldiers calling home, families trying to call out is a difficult painful situation.

    Major Hasan does sound deeply troubled but we have a lot to learn yet, Anderson, this is a very fluid situation and as you note Major Hasan has not spoken to authorities yet.

    Has he had any brushes with the law previously?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Anderson...I see people dressed just like Hasen and simular dress every day in Eugene Oregon. Dressing like that is not an indicator or disturbing regardless of what Nasar just said.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  14. Eric

    Im just as shocked now as when the Luby's massacre happen. My thoughts are with all our troops and civilians who were affected in some way by todays events.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  15. Emily

    Have a great night Anderson, (great reporting), Erica, Randi, Megan, and Bloggers!

    Thoughts are with All the Military families and glad that many of yous' could be on the AC360 blog tonight! 😀

    See you all tomorrow.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  16. Debbie

    Anderson, I've heard it mentioned tonight that even though the suspect is alive, we still may never know why this happened. Why is that?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  17. Ahmed Al Bayati

    Hi ,
    I'm so sorry about a people had been killed today in Texas ,
    I'm Muslm and refused all bad activites like maj. Hassan did,
    PLease activites like this not acceptable by Islam and they are jsut a cracy people ,,,,,
    I'm Sorry again , Hope my Sorry will arive to families loss them lovers

    Ahmed Al Bayati
    Iraqi Muslim in USA

    November 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  18. Susan

    Hasan was OBVIOUSLY not coming unhinged psychologically. He was cool, rational, coherent 6 hours before the slaughter.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  19. Lori

    Thank you CNN, Anderson, Randi. Anderson, you are beautiful. I hope that everyone will be able to get some rest and peace tonight. Good night. Sweet dreams.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Renee & "dtarr, formerly known as vincent
    Good night guys, See you tomorrow night! HUGS! 🙂
    @Renee,
    Welcome!!!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  21. lisa

    When stuff like this happens people always look for signs that its going to happen. But I don't think you can predict it. Bad performance review? Going to be deployed? I wonder how many thousand soldiers that describes who never snap? And then there's the popular high performers who go off and commit offenses like Abu Ghraib. You can't tell who the nuts are ahead of time.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That was one of the signs.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  23. Hannah

    Today has brought such a tragic event at Fort Hood. I am very disgusted that a soldier of this country would do such a thing to his fellow soldiers. It's awful enough that we lose soldiers in the conflicts we are involved with over seas but, to have their blood spilled on our soil is an outrage. As far as I'm concerned Major Hasan is a coward.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and soldiers involved at Fort Hood.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  24. Krysta

    WOW. things can get worse. I have a fiance' at Fort Benning. I couldn't imagine what people in Fort Hood are going through. My simpathies are with those of the families who have lost a loved one today.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  25. Susan

    So the clerk at the store said Hasan seemed normal, reasonable when buying coffee. That would indicate that this is NOT someone who was "losing it" as in sleep deprived, crying uncontrollably, not eating for days, babbling incoheherently. This suggests that ideology and EVIL were a motive – deliberate calculated, predatory, sociopathic.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  26. Gary

    With his biochemistry background and being Islamic, has anyone checked to see if he was part of a sleeper cell that may have been planning an attack on US soil, but once he found out he was going to deploy and that he would not be able to fulfill his terrorist act, could the shooting been an alternate plan?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  27. Chuck

    This is not the first time something like this has happened on a military base... this is the first time it has been this severe.
    Everyone please dont equate the name to the extreemist side. Just because he is Muslim doesnt mean this was an extreemist/terrorist act. The Feds did not pursue the postings as they could not prove he was the one that made the posts. Lets not jump to conclusions.
    Sounds more like he was just one very up set cooookie. We will never know the breaking point of anyone until they break, maybe his pending deployment was his breaking point. We are all potentially ticking bombs... a very few of us are very weak emotionally and when they hit that ultimate breaking point..they go off the very deep end.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  28. Emily

    @Tamika,
    I hope that your husband is safe!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  29. John

    Just because we have a ton of weapons available to us on post does not mean that we have ammo laying around to use!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  30. Dan

    I think this event manifests the need of the US military to provide more frequent and extensive psychological evaluations and counseling for its personnel. These kinds of attacks are the hardest to track down and prevent, since there is only one perpetrator. The military itself should be the one reaching-out to people who have this kind of tendency..not the other way around.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  31. "dtarr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson, and entire Team 360 for an informative news program tonight. Also thank you for giving so many of us a forum to express our grief and feelings about what happened today.

    I have read the many posts from our military and respect their feelings and grief.

    I read many posts form Muslims and am grateful for their sympathies.

    Good night fellow bloggers, David, Indiana, Isabel too.It's been a very sad night for us all.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  32. Debbie

    We know that Hasan had a poor rating for his work at a hospital. He was not allowed to leave the army because of monies that were spent on his education. But that fact is more important than ensuring that the men/ women overseas get the best medical attention?

    Secondly, Is it possible that Hasan committed this act in order to ensure he wasn't deployed?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  33. Nicholas Telesky

    One other reminder. With the position of this defect in the US Military, he was very well compensated for his responsibilities and time. Also, I am tired of hearing how he did not want to go oversees, as that is what any military personnel should expect. Go visit the families of 40 + families who are affected by this evil person. No one should have any remorse for this person or make excuses as to why he did what he did.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  34. LisaL - Canada

    something that happens so suddenly can be so difficult to process. it's going to have to be viewed in bits and pieces in order to make any sense.

    may those who need to process this find strength and comfort in their times of need.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  35. Tamika

    No one truly understands what the military and their families go through. My husbands is currently serving his 3rd tour and it really places a strain on soldiers mentally. We all like to say or suggest ways to have made this horrific situation better, but truth be told the guy had some issues that he was not able to deal with and unfortunately took it out on those who were his comrades. Everyone wants answers, but does that really make what he did better to deal with. My father and co-workers were locked down on the post for hours. I pray for all there at Ft. Hood.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  36. Clarkw

    This person has spent time listening to the horrors of war, happening largely on Muslims and children and perhaps the idea that he was about to be put into this fray was enough to snap this man's mind.

    Doesn't forgive what was done. Perhaps explains some things.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  37. Emily

    so he felt better about shooting fellow Americans?!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  38. Emily

    @ Renee,
    Have a good night! 🙂

    November 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  39. Emily

    That video of Hasan the store is really eerie!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  40. MaryA Walters BSN RN

    I am a Nurse and I have many patients who are stationed at Ft Hood, even though I live in Louisville KY. Please send my love and prayers to all of them. I also have 2 sons in the Army; we have the bravest, strongest, military in the world. We will remain steadfast!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  41. Tiffany Smith

    My mom was working in the fort hood dental clinic today in the readiness building. I am so glad that she is back home safe and sound after being on lockdown for 8 hours. My thoughts and prayers go out to the wounded and the families of the fallen.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  42. Chuck

    @ Renee.. MP's carry weapons, the civilian suplemental Police carry weapons. The military will never issue weapons to soldiers to carry for self defense. With the stress, PTSD and suicides, all that going on as it is, that will never happen. We dont need to blow this out of shape, this was a wacked out man that went over the deep end, or at least that is the only way we can see it until it is proven to be something else.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  43. Renee

    Good night all! Thanks to everyone for answering all my questions.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  44. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    There must have been some sort of signs to indicate this horrible act was to occur.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  45. lisa

    I hope that his survival means we'll find out why he did this, though his reasons might be too wacked for us to ever understand.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
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