Friday, November 6, 2009

The Gunman Shouted "Allahu Akbar!"

Federal Buildings' Flags Fly At Half Staff For Ft. Hood Shootings

Police raided the apartment of Nidal Malik Hasan at Casa Del Norte apartment complex on N. Fourth St. around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Federal authorities seized Hasan's computer Friday during a search of his apartment, said a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

Neighbors said Hasan handed Qurans and donated his furniture to anyone who would take it. He was described as a quiet man (aren't they almost always?) who began wearing "Arabic clothing" in recent weeks. Many of his neighbors were suprised to discover that a man of that rank was living in a $350 per month apartment.

Recently had a religious bumper sticker torn off his car and someone else had keyed his car. A report filed on Aug. 16 with Killeen police says Hasan's car had been scratched causing $1,000 worth of damage. The report says an Army employee had been arrested. It didn't provide more details about what happened.

The shooting spree began as some 300 soldiers had been lined up to get vaccinations and have their eyes tested at a Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening. Nearby, others were lining up in commencement robes for a ceremony to celebrate troops and families who had recently earned degrees.

Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander. He said officials had not yet confirmed that Hasan made the comment.

According to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Hasan's record at Walter Reed wasn't sterling. He received a poor performance evaluation and while he was an intern, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time

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