November 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/05/09

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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. scot

    its sad that the mental health profetionals cant handle the hoorors of war second hand.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Wanda

    My whole point is…why he joined the military if he didn’t want to be deployed???? Anyone who signs that dotted line knows that’s the risk you take. What? He felt he was better than any of the other 1.7 mil servicemembers?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  3. Dr. David Deopere

    Regarding this Ft. Hood tragedy they keep talking about Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome of combat troops repeatedly going back to the Middle East. This Major had never been deployed but I wonder if he has been working with these soldiers. They haven’t addressed the stress of the mental health professionals providing the... care to the soldiers. This is what I did during the Vietnam War and there is unbelievable stress dealing with the daily / horrifying tales of the GI's in combat. There were three of us psychiatric specialists at the hospital where I was stationed overseas and the other two guys stationed with me committed suicide. The things we heard – every day – all day was so unbelievably horrifying and sad. And then, we would attempt to rehab these guys and send them back. They were so afraid and I've often wondered how many died.Read More

    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Cecil

    Major Hasan should have been given an undesirable discharge earlier. He disagreed with military life and was only in the army to get a free medical education at the expense of the American taxpayer.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  5. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I'm not being PC, i am being human and fair. Again, we do not know all of the facts yet. So why add fuel to the fire until we know for sure.

    @David, Indiana

    Thank you for your remarks and i agree with you.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Renee

    @ Devna, CNN: Where are all the cell phone videos? Were the phones taken in as evidence? Why don't the news outlets have any video yet or are they available but not appropriate?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  7. jessica

    the problem with saying that you have a mental problem is you get singled out because you are looked at like you are weak. Look at fort carson co when they had all the suicides. no one in the military cares what happens to the military personal or their families. the soldiers are look at as weak when they ask for help and the family is being vengeful when they try and help their soldier. I know I have been there for 7 months. i even went to the VA to try and understand what to do and how to help.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Yolanda

    This is a tragedy.....heartfelt condolences to the Fort Hood soldiers and families of the victims; what would compel a person to conduct in such a heinous act? Our family lived on many Army bases both CONUS and OCONUS and we have always felt the military (Army) posts are the most secured environments....with deepest sympathy, Yolanda (Scottsdale, Arizona)

    November 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Don Robinson

    I grew up and still live twenty miles from Ft. Hood, and the town around it. It's the most dangerous, crime ridden, mean town in Central Tx. There's predictable violent personal crime almost every day. Also, look at the Luby's Massacre Oct. 16th, 1991 in Killeen, the camp town that surrounds the army base.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  10. scot

    Soldiers returning wounded are treated by the military as second class citizens. they can no longer function in there job usualy combat arms and are discarded. the Wounded Warrior Program is a failure and has turned into a babbysitting unit instead of a unit with the mission of reintergrateing them back into the military or back into the real world.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Michael

    he joined in '01.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  12. deb

    The guy needs to be held accountable but if it came out that he was alive shortly aftEr the shooting he would not be alive. This man attacked our soldiers people are outraged as they should be so I'm sure they are/ were trying to keep him a live to talk to him. Having a son stationed at another base it is scary because these should be the safest place for our soldiers!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Marcy

    It doesn't have to take these events for the Chain of Command to open their ears and listen to soldiers. It doesnt have to take for us to get pushed to the edge, for the people whos supposed to be looking out for us to open their eyes and ears. This and every other insident that happened on military bases in the U.S., Overseas, and in the Hot Zone, the chain of commands are the ones to blame because they should have listened when the soldier came to them.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  14. siris washington

    I'm a resident of killeen tx this is getting scary around here. Soldiers are killing themselve and murdering at a high rate. We just had a soldier get chased by police and killed himself a few days ago. So anything was possible and something like this don't surprise me. God bless the victims and families.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Emily

    I agree with you!

    Did you hear if he was bilingual?
    I'm sure that they would want him to be deployed for sure if he was, and had been in the service for 20+yrs!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Russ

    @ GUY
    Amen to that brother.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  17. henok

    I am a private in DC NATIONAL GUARD, and i live in downtown silver spring, and I am also an immigrant living in US for 4 years. Idrive a taxi part time and transprt people in and out of Walter reed. this act of horror is a bad image for the proud solgers, who are diverse in etnicty, and proud of serving the land of freedom. My prayers to the families of the victims.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Chuck

    About the gun, the semi-automatic 9 mil explains some of it, but what was the other weapon? I still question the accuracy of the rounds fired. How many rounds? If he was that accurate, just as good as the very best of the military ..Navy Seals, Delta force types did he get that from the military?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Shawn Hendricks - Fairplay, MD

    Hunting may be permitted on Fort Hood and the weapons may be his private property.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  20. jdele

    For people that dont know, a military post is not a place in which soldiers are armed at all times. It is a tightly controlled environment. Whatever the motivation of this individual was, the action that was carried out was not unlike a disgruntled employee at any corporation or other place that falls victim to a scene of this type. The victims were unarmed going thru their processing and were caught completely by surprise. For people that are not used to dealing with military life, please keep things in perspective. The military has over a million active duty personnel all over the world and you can count on one hand the number of times things like this have happened. This is no different than the Colombine or the Virginia Tech shootings. It was a monstrous act by a deranged individual.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Ellen

    This man took the best training our country offers and was in a position as a doctor that is God-like to many. We must be desperate for doctors to ignore his e-mails and fail to further investigate him. Did the FBI fail again?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Kevin

    As a citizen of the fort hood area, it concerns me that this would happen so close to home. It really hits home how valnerable all of the US really is. I would be hornored to do what ever it takes to help the people who so proundly serve our country.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  23. rick Moreau

    You people have so many heroes compared to the rest of us in theworld.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Erick, Killeen, Texas

    The police officer did wrestle with him and shot and herself was shot luckily she survived the attack

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  25. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @Devna AC360°

    Hello Devna! It's always great to have you here!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Kaye

    WHY would CNN not have been told the truth about the fact that the gunman was alive and they had him in custody? Is there any reason why the news/media wouldn't have been appropriately informed? If they had him, what's the harm in telling the truth?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Mrs. Thomas

    May God be with the families of the killed and wounded soilders for you all are in my prayers always!! GOD BLESS AMERICA, IN UNITY WE STAND!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  28. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Always good to see Randi Kaye! she is fantastic!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This is just a heartrending story.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think that he (suspect) want to stop send or deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I think.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Susan

    The gunman KNEW that he would be facing unarmed soldiers – which is why he chose them instead of the MP's.

    Perceived weakness invites agression – they were forced to be sitting ducks, fish in a barrel. I hope the military changes the policy and allows soldiers to carry weapons.

    AT Fort Bragg the soldiers ARE allowed to carry weapons on base.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Barbara in Boston

    @ Lubna - I completely agree and am very gald to see your post amidst all the reactions. I know a few people - all Muslims - who have immigrated to the US from the Middle East, and all of them are as horrified as I am at what has happened.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Randy

    I hear you reporting there is no reason for a soldier to be armed on the base. How about a crazy psycotic/terrorist suddenly appearing. If the right to keep and bear arms were not so restricted there might have been someone to stop this violence before so many were hurt.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Joan, the Army has jurisdiction in this case, and yes they do have the death penalty.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  35. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Lots of questions to be answered by this doctor...

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  36. gretchen

    Anderson,I hope that people won't use this horrible violence to create more violence.I am praying for the victims and their families.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  37. Diane

    I really want to know how it is that it can take 8 hours to determine that he was alive. Why are his records not available? I work for the DoD and can pull my records in 5 minutes. Why are they looking at his last name and commenting on it. Maybe the online posts citing islamic values and beliefs are in direct conflict with DoD guidelines. He signed up for the military and deployments are a part of this.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  38. Karl

    Where did he get the guns from that he used in the killings? Were they his issued by the military and he kept them at his home or did he steal them?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  39. trever kynaston

    The fact that a United States armed forces major with at least 10 to 12 years of service did this is a disgrace. I was just released from active duty after 5 years of service and 2 deployments to iraq. i belive that our screening for new military service members should be a little more extensive. as far as fort hood being the largest military base in america is wrong. Camp Pendleton CA is the largest military base in America. The other statement that only military members are aloud to carry a loaded weapon is wrong. Any law enforcement officers weather military or civilian are aloud to carry a loaded weapon. the only time other military members are aloud to carry a loaded weapon aboard any base is if the are on a rifle range or a shooting range. my prayer and condolences go out to the wwounded and the soilders that were killed during this display of immaturity and horrific act of violence.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Brandon

    He deserves to die a traders death

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  41. scot

    In some cases Soldiers are over medicated and there meds are not tracked and they will have refills of meds that when combined with others are deadly or potentionaly deadly.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Tasha

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to our military and their families in Ft Hood, TX. Although I don't always see eye-to-eye with Dr. Phil, I applaud what he said earlier this evening. People need to stop speculating and let the authorities do their job. @ Renee – Military members and their families are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior to the military police immediately.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  43. Gary

    It's not too early to speculate his motives! Give me a break! The signs are all there...
    This is getting ridiculous!
    He was researching suicide bombing 6 months ago!!!
    He killed AMERICAN soldiers!
    He is still alive for a reason.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Devna AC360°

    @Jim We were shocked to find out that Mjr. Hasan is indeed alive. However, I'm sure all the personnel at Ft. Hood were attending to ensuring that the everyone was safe and secure.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton,Ohio

    It just goes to show you, no matter where you are, who you are, or what precautions you take, if someone is bent on doing something like this they will find a way to do it.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I'm getting the chills just watching Tom Foreman's report.My prayers go out to the families.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  47. SGT

    To Shawn. Because thats what they do, cover things up, if the public knew all that goes on in the military, we would be in termoil!

    To Sharon Hastings: Yeah there were signs. I was deployed, not near as long as most soldiers, but I've seen signs in my self, Ive gone to my chain of command, but nothing was done. One problem leads to another. I know GOD thats how i got through my ordeal.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Guy Nohrenberg

    If it's true. The woman officer who stood and fought it out in a shot by shot gunbattle with the shooter, needs to be heralded as a hero!!! By all current information you're giving us, she was being struck by rounds and returning them to save lives. Who was that officer? We need to all say thanks!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    @Starr, I agree it is irresponsible to assume this is an act of terrorism. Has this psychiatrist treated for any length of time soldiers going to or coming from Iraq and Afghanistan? Mental health professionals are often subjected to intense stress.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  50. srinivasa

    What happened at the fort hood is a very sad event It is similar to attack on pakistan army head quarters six months ago . Authorities can draw more info from that event. More specific security actions should be taken be at other locations immly.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
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