Gun­man had treated wounded sol­diers

Hasan un­happy about call-up to serve in Iraq

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WASH­ING­TON: The death toll left by an army psy­chi­a­trist who went on a shoot­ing ram­page at a US mil­i­tary base in Texas rose to 13 yes­ter­day.

Ma­jor Ni­dal Ma­lik Hasan opened fire with two hand­guns at the Fort Hood Army post on Thurs­day in one of the worst killing sprees ever re­ported on a US mil­i­tary base, of­fi­cials said.

A woman died over night from gun­shot wounds, rais­ing the toll to 13 dead and 30 wounded, CNN re­ported.

Hasan, who was shot sev­eral times, was un­con­scious but in sta­ble con­di­tion and on a ven­ti­la­tor, CNN said.

Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Robert Cone, Fort Hood’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, told CNN the FBI and mil­i­tary foren­sic ex­perts were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing.

The army said the lone gun­man opened fire at the Sol­diers Readi­ness Pro­cess­ing Cen­tre, a group of build­ings where sol­diers were get­ting med­i­cal check-ups be­fore leav­ing for over­seas de­ploy­ments.

Cone said the gun­man had two weapons, one a semi-au­to­matic. He said there was no in­di­ca­tion that they were mil­i­tary weapons and the ev­i­dence does not sug­gest the shoot­ing was a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Hasan, 39, is a mil­i­tary-trained psy­chi­a­trist, the son of Pales­tinian im­mi­grants, and was raised in Vir­ginia.

A cousin of the sus­pected shooter, Nader Hasan, told Fox News he had been or­dered to serve in Iraq and had been re­sist­ing de­ploy­ment there.

Hasan said his cousin had been trans­ferred to Fort Hood in April and was very re­luc­tant to go to Iraq.

“We’ve known over the last five years that was prob­a­bly his worst night­mare.”

US pres­i­dent Barack Obama called it a “hor­rific out­burst of vi­o­lence” and promised “an­swers to ev­ery sin­gle ques­tion about this hor­ri­ble in­ci­dent”.

Fort Hood is home to about 50 000 troops and stretches across 878km 2 in cen­tral Texas.

● The top com­man­der at Fort Hood is cred­it­ing a civil­ian po­lice of­fi­cer for stop­ping the shoot­ing ram­page.

Cone said yes­ter­day that Fort Hood po­lice Sergeant Kim­berly Mun­ley and her part­ner re­sponded within three min­utes of re­ported gun­fire on Thurs­day.

Cone said Mun­ley shot the gun­man four times de­spite be­ing shot her­self.

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said Mun­ley was in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Cone said, “It was an amaz­ing and an ag­gres­sive per­for­mance by this po­lice of­fi­cer.”

Cone also said he was in­spired by a woman who helped carry a wounded vic­tim and used her blouse as a tourni­quet, then later re­alised she’d been shot in the hip.

The gun­man is hos­pi­talised on a ven­ti­la­tor.

● Wit­nesses heard Hasan shout “Al­lahu Ak­bar” (God is great­est) as he opened fire, the base com­man­der said.

Some sol­diers in the vicin­ity said they heard him shout the words, Cone told NBC news.

PIC­TURE: AP

DES­PER­ATE: Mon­ica Cain wipes her eye as she tries to get in touch with her hus­band Sergeant Dar­ren Cain at Fort Hood.

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