November 6th, 2009
09:07 AM ET

Senator: Don't jump to conclusions over shootings

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Before making judgments about the shootings at Fort Hood, a thorough investigation needs to take place, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Thursday.

"It is imperative that we take the time to gather all the facts, as it would be irresponsible to be the source of rumors or inaccurate information regarding such a horrific event," Cornyn said in a statement.

"Once we have ascertained all the facts, working with our military leaders and law enforcement officials on the ground, we can determine what exactly happened at Fort Hood today and how to prevent something like this from ever happening again," he said.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, shot and killed 11 soldiers and one civilian, officials said. Thirty-one people were wounded, officials at the Army base said. A federal official said Hasan is a U.S. citizen of Jordanian descent.

Cornyn, a Republican, said people should not jump to conclusions about what happened and why.

"We do not yet have these details," the statement said.

President Obama, who was speaking at a conference in Washington, said his administration "will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident."

He asked Americans to keep the soldiers and families of Fort Hood in the thoughts and prayers.

November 6th, 2009
08:16 AM ET

Dear President Obama #291: Sad news from down south

Reporter's Note: President Obama made a statement expressing his condolences for the soldiers killed in the shootings at Ft. Hood; the subject of my daily letter to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I spent all afternoon and evening in the studio covering the terrible news of those shootings at Ft. Hood. Having grown up in a military family, I appreciated your comments as Commander in Chief, and the moment of silence in Congress. What I really appreciate, however, is the professionalism, dedication, and sacrifice of our troops every day in the name of protecting our nation. Especially when we are at war.

Right now the awful events in Texas are rippling out through our military communities all around the world. Soldiers who are facing armed and dangerous enemies everyday in Iraq and Afghanistan, are now also dealing with the news of this tragedy at home. Those troops deserve our support all the time, but it seems to me that now it may be more important than ever. Sure, as a nation we’ve wrestled with issues about those wars for eight years now, but they’ve fought them.


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Sound Off: Your comments 11/5/09

Editor's Note: We received a lot of mixed opinions on the tragic events at Ft. Hood yesterday. Some viewers complained, saying that there was a lot of speculation heard about the guns used. Overall, thanks were heard for excellent reporting on the shootings, especially for Randi Kaye’s piece on the background of the suspect.


In the coverage of the Ft Hood shooter, Randi Kaye was the first reporter to give relevant information about him–basics like his nationality, ethnic heritage, personal history, previous brushes with authorities, etc. He was much less a mystery to me after her piece. Others were still repeating the same basic facts and detailing all that they DIDN'T know. She got the information and clearly had it in mind, as she did not refer to notes while Anderson questioned her. Great work!

I was shocked that the military did not pick up the oblivious signs of stress the shooter at Fort Hood had displayed, were they too busy enforcing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, kicking good soldiers out of the military

Hi I am a former soldier and a soldier’s wife here at Fort Hood. The events here today have really rocked our community. There is a lot that needs to be said from a voice that is here going through this. For starter the opening of the President’s speech truly have outraged me as well as many others around me. To open with a "shout out" truly belittled the situation. Our community endures a lot on a daily basis but for it to be happening her in our own backyard is a horror like no other. At this time we ask for the thoughts of the nation.


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