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A US military psychiatrist has killed 13 people and wounded 31 others during a shooting rampage at
a military base.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: It's still unclear what motivated an American army psychiatrist to go on a
shooting rampage at a US military base.

The Muslim army major shot dead 13 people and wounded another 30 at Fort Hood in Texas.

Most of the dead were fellow soldiers preparing to leave for war zones.

The doctor's family says he was being harassed because of his Middle Eastern background.

John Stewart reports.

JOHN STEWART, REPORTER: For a moment Fort Hood seemed to be under attack; SWAT teams rushed to the
base after receiving reports of a mass shooting.

The huge military base was locked down. A lone gunman with two pistols had fired at a group of
soldiers having their final medical checks before being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than a dozen were killed and many more were wounded.

BOB CONE, FORT HOOD COMMANDER: It's a terrible tragedy. It's stunning. And as I say, as I've gone
around to the hospital here, as I've been at the scene, soldiers and family members and many of the
great civilians that work here are absolutely devastated.

JOHN STEWART: The shooter was later identified as a 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal
Malik Hasan.

At first it was reported that he'd been killed, but five hours later it emerged that Hasan had been
shot by a female police officer and was still alive.

BOB CONE: He was not killed, as previously reported. He is currently in custody and in stable

JOHN STEWART: Major Hasan was born in America. At Fort Hood, he treated soldiers suffering from
post-traumatic stress disorder, returning from combat zones.

This morning he was captured on security video at this convenience store buying a drink.

The army psychiatrist is a Muslim and was wearing white robes.

Major Hasan's cousin says that he was due to be sent on a mission to Iraq, but he didn't want to

The cousin also claims that Major Hasan was being harassed because of his family's Middle Eastern

NADER HASAN, COUSIN: You know, both his parents are American; I want to make sure everybody
understands: he is a good American and we are shocked. We just found out on the news that he was
being deployed. He never even told us because we've known for the last five years that was probably
his worst nightmare. He was dealing with some harassment and some of his - with some of his
military colleagues.

JOHN STEWART: Military leaders were reluctant to describe the attack as an act of terrorism.

BOB CONE: I couldn't rule that out, but I'm telling you that right now the evidence does not
suggest that.

JOHN STEWART: The President was briefed as the tragedy unfolded.

BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT: It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles
overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil.

JOHN STEWART: With 40,000 soldiers, Fort Hood is the world's largest military base.

Since the attacks of September 11, Fort Hood has played a key role in fighting America's so-called
war on terror. 483 Fort Hood soldiers were killed in Iraq. Another 20 have died in Afghanistan.

VOX POP: I don't believe for a second that a soldier could do this to another soldier.

VOX POP II: My daughter's just inside a building, you know, and some people have lost their fathers
and their mothers today and that's horrible.

JOHN STEWART: The FBI is investigating the shooting. It's still unclear what motivated Major Hasan
to turn on his fellow soldiers.

John Stewart, Lateline.