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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. Carmen Mauerer

    Dear Anderson, it is time someone gets the courage to investigate the "anti-stress" "anti-depression" drugs, there are plenty of studies that ahow these drugs can cause violent behavior and suicide. It is no surprise that these events happen it is only a surpprise to those who keep promoting these type of pharmaceutical drugs. Has the media sold their soul to their sponsors to the point of being blind?

    November 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  2. Renee

    @ Major Mike: Are military attorneys treated like military doctors? No basic training and promotions the same. Also kept in the green zone when in Iraq.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann, North Royalton,Ohio
    I think so, he will take psych evaluation after police interview him.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  4. Keely

    There has been so much speculation and information about the shooter. However, we have had very little information about the soldiers and personnel who were in the Soldier Readiness Center. Have there been any reports on where those people are being held? There have been no calls home. We do not know if they are safe and when they may be able to return home.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  5. Chuck

    @ Major Mike...

    The medical corps is different.. he would not have been promoted to Major until he completed his psych schooling and completed his med rotation/certification at Walter Reed. Hasan just completed his schooling and had just with in the past year finished his rotation/certification... he would have made LTC with in a year, two at the most. He was a late bloomer because of his schooling.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  6. "dtarr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana

    Just read your post on how we should appreciate the days that are calm and good to us. You are so right, as tonight is an example of so much pain & heartache that can be caused in minutes.

    Thank God tHe Major is alive so that we may find out What drove him to commit the horrifying acts he did today.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  7. Michelle - Ft Hood

    Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for the Ft Hood community as a whole.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  8. Johnson

    Anderson, it is not at all dificult for an officer, or enlisted person for that matter, to separate from the miltary once they have met their obligation to the military. However, the lawyer from Yale that you interviewed was correct but misleading in stating that it is difficult to separate prior to meeting your obligation. He answered as one would think a lawyer that has represented doctors in the military that have tried to separate early should, as if he wanted to continue to be a "defense attorney" for lack of a better term. As a 15 year Navy man with 14 plus years experience in the military legal system and personnel separation, it has been my experience that those who have met their obligation and choose to separate are separated 99% of time.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  9. Emily

    @ Carolyn, Killeen/Fort Hood TX,

    That is GREAT news!
    In such tragic events, and in the "worst mass shooting on an American Military Base in history", it's great to hear that the community has rallied around to help out one another!

    Thanks! 🙂

    November 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  10. Jane - Vt

    goodnight everyone.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  11. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @Megan Dresslar

    Unfortunately there are no second hour on CNN International! I'm out!

    Sweet dreams friends!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  12. Susan

    A person has to be EVIL to take out their frustrations like this on complete strangers. This is a slaughter, carnage, mass murder – and only an evil person can commit something like this.

    PTSD does not make people EVIL, but ideology can.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Renee, the officer selection and promotion process is very competitive, particularly the higher the rank. Extreme efforts are made to ensure that the best qualified get picked, and outside influence on the selection board is illegal.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  14. SGT Rasheedah Davis

    As a Soldier myself, I feel deeply saddened by this tragic event. Most Soldiers share a common bond that binds you together that you would not have in any other profession. Even though I do not know the names of who's been killed yet, I already feel like I lost a good friend. God bless the families and friends during this hardship.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  15. Dori

    My sympathy to all those in our military. So sad that this happen within a week of Veterans Day! And scary for I have a granddaughter going to school on a base. Her life as it is, moms 6th deployment coming up is hard enough. How could one consider it heroic to go and shoot UNARM individuals. Like good soldiers do, obey the law and protect it, on base guns are to be kept locked. One must sign it out after inspection, sobriety etc.. Glad it was a woman that finally put him in his place though like we are brought up, respecting life, it is no comfort to that heroic woman. I will confess I see light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully, with our country's attempt to address PTSD. Now if all of us citizens will take thank you and military appreciation classes, the best 25percent may get the respect they have earned!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  16. deb

    No matter the outcome of the investigation I pray no other senseless shootings occur because of this but I have to admit how angry it makes me that this guy serves in the army but was against the war! Then if you aren't willing to fight then why are you in the army

    November 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  17. nicole sanchez

    let me clarify: soldiers are not supposed to carry weapons onto base. thats the key words, not supposed to.

    yes there are ways to report a soldier whom you may think may be a danger to themselves or others anonymously. but this a mental health doctor. in todays army, all the focus is on watching the younger soldiers.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  18. 1-327 IN BN SSG

    For clarification, that was a slam on MAJ Hasan, not MAJ Mike

    November 5, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Welcome to second hour this time.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  20. Katie Evans Kelley PhD NCACII

    I hope there is help for the helpers at Fort Hood and everywhere. Listening to truma causes truma. Howeer, after 30 years of listening to the horrrific, I did not have a rageful break and kill those I help.
    Katie Evans PhD NCACII

    November 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  21. Destiny

    My families thoughts and prayers go to the families of those injured or killed during this senseless tradgedy at Ft. Hood today.

    I would like to also add a message to the family of Major Hasan, your family member is not a "good American" a good American does not kill our true heros's!

    God Bless Our True Hero's!

    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  22. Kells1001

    Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Gunman is a Murderer, Traitor and Psychopath. As a veteran I find it inexcusable to accept excuses for justification of such an act.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to families.

    Remember thousands even millions have served (not all volunteers) who actually saw a battlefield and I can't think of or remember stories that caused them to turn on their own in such an act of premeditated traitorous murder.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  23. Shawn

    If this was PTSD he should have known better and have gotten help. Someone should have seen the signs and if there were no signs then he wanted this to happen. The army makes it a point to push soldiers to get help. It seems like there are briefings everyday about PTSD and taking care of your mental health. So Maj. Hasan has no excuses.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  24. cassandra

    If he was a mental health professional on the military base, I wonder what kind of help he offered to those soldiers that were returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan...Was he trying to actually help them or was he trying to make them feel worse about what they had seen and been apart of while they were over seas. I only ask this because the reports that I have seen are saying that he has been against the war over seas and was trying to keep from going over...

    This is such a tragic situation, and my heart hurts for our military as well as our country right now. My thoughts and prayers are with Ft. Hood.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  25. Major Mike

    Promotions are performance based. Physicians are promoted differently, most don't do regular basic training. Once they graduate from medical school, they are automatically given the rank of Captain. With that in mind, he was bay BEHIND the curve to have just been recently promoted to Major.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  26. james

    There was a gentleman on your show who indicated that the FBI had jurisdiction on the base. He was wrong. Only at the invitation of the commander does any agency outside of CID have the power to enter the base to conduct an investigation. The suspected shooter will be tried by a military courts martial. It is highly unlikely that he will be tried in any other court than a military court. The shooter is an officer in the US Army and will be afforded a free military defense counsel of his own choosing. He will continue to be paid until he is court-martialed and discharged. I am a former JAG from the Air Force, with over 22 years of service

    November 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  27. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good night Anderson, David and friends!
    Great show today... Thanks for the great coverage at Fort Hood.

    My condolences to the families and friends of the dead in Fort Hood!

    See you tomorrow!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  28. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    What luck! Gosh!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  29. Shannon, VA

    I thought the message from the cousin was very sincere and candid.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  30. Carolyn, Killeen/Fort Hood, TX

    @Emily
    They apparently did. The hospital that put out the request for blood donations has made statements here on the local news saying that they've had an amazing turnout. The line of people waiting to donate went out the door and wrapped around the facility. :]

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton,Ohio

    Didn't the army give Hasan a psych evaluation?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  32. Jackie

    Robin (in Pueblo)

    He let the Military pay for his schooling and therefore "owed" a certain number of years of service as his part of the contractual agreement. According to news reports Hasan was trying to get out of the Service by any means – claiming discrimination, getting "poor" evaluations and whining he didn't want to be deployed.

    In short he is a coward.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  33. Chuck

    My hat off to all of those that have served and those that are still serving. I feel your pain, confliction and elation..sometimes wish I had not retired. Now tooo old to serve.

    @ susan: Yes it could be if it is proven to be but then it would be home grown terrorism...not the same. More likely just plain murder regardless of the reason(s) he may have had.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  34. Johanna Borja

    It is a great tragedy that has happened in Fort Hood today. I live on the base, and it was certainly nerve-racking being on lock down. No one could leave or enter Fort Hood, as well as public buildings. Everyone was instructed to stay inside where they were, away from any windows or doors. Family members also kept calling about the situation to see if everyone was alright. It is certainly tragic to have a man open fire on his own compatriots, men and women who have some sort of bond that connects each other because they serve our country and fight to protect it. Hopefully leaders can learn from this tragedy and prevent another event like this from happening.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  35. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana

    It is a fact ... we should give value to the days that there isn't so much pain and suffering!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  36. Gustav Archuleta

    How many times have attacks been carried out by people who the FBI already had their eye on?? The FBI should be ashamed to cash their paychecks.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  37. JP

    my heart goes out to the victims

    November 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  38. Steve

    Another example of why soldiers(and responsible citizens) should be able to carry a sidearm...as a deterrent to those who would do us harm.
    When seconds count the police are only minutes away...never more true. This nut would have never had time to reload –

    November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  39. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    We must pay attention to warning signs. There HAD to be red flags.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  40. Robert

    @Pam if the millitary finds him guilty of treason the only judgment for treason in the millitary is death.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  41. "dtarr, formerly known as vincent

    @Isabel

    I just saw your post to me. Yet again we have muc in common with both of our famiies so involved with our Militaries.

    You are right it "does not fit". In the military it is the "code" that you do Not kill your fellow military mates, anything but!

    I don't know what went wrong here, but we will find out soon enough. As i am sure you are and i know i am sending prayers to the victims. families & friends. Also the family of the Major who has caused them confusion and grief.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  42. John

    My heart goes out to all of our military hero's, and their loved ones. In the one place where they should feel safe and secure, one of their own, who has not gone through what most of them have, takes their lives. I think it is time to take a long hard look at who they allow to serve in our armed forces.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  43. aliou

    Another time to think we need to pay more attention to the mental health of our citizens.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  44. nicole

    my heart goes out to the families..i want to join the army and this saddens me...I want the medic that ripped there uniforms apart to take care of the wounded know you are my hero's and my insparation to join the army...hooah..i'm shipping out in march

    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Susan

    Once again, the gun control rules give the criminal a murderer a huge advantage over his victims and targets.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  46. Emily

    @Trish,
    So glad to read that you and your family are safe!
    You are all in our thoughts.
    Thank your son for his service from us all! 😀

    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  47. Renee

    @ Military Men and Women: I thought when you got promoted in the military (no experience here and not a military family) that your name went to a review board at the Pentagon and there was some formalized review process to get a promotion? Is that true? Is it just a good ole boy network and they just slap you on the back and you get the promotion for being there and not getting in trouble?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  48. Jackie

    His cousin gave a statement. A neighbor said she thought he lived with his brother. Who are his other family members? What do they do and where are they? Who are this guy's friends on and off the base?

    November 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  49. Lori

    How could anyone be converted against America and convinced to do such a thing? In my opinion, this is impossible. He was born here.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  50. Terri Edinger formerly of Killeen, Tx

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the soldiers, and families on Fort Hood. This is a terrible tradegy. I think that this is definately a terroristic act. How does someone go on base and shoot up his fellow soldiers and it not be terroristic.? Just the simple fact he did this it is terroristic, it doesnt have to be a religious affiliation to make it terroristic.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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