The latest reports indicate that the alleged Ft. Hood murderer is still alive and in stable condition in the hospital. According to CTV:
A U.S. army soldier who allegedly opened fire at a military base in Texas, killing 12 people, was reportedly still alive Thursday evening.
Initial reports said that the gunman had been shot dead by officials earlier in the day. But on Thursday evening, Lt.-Gen. Bob Cone said that the suspected gunmen was in fact alive and in hospital.
“He is currently in custody and in stable condition,” said Cone, speaking at the military base in Fort Hood, Texas.
“He is hospitalized, and I’ve had no personal background with him that I can speak of.”
The armed suspect has been identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, aged 39.
USA Today is reporting the same thing.
The AP has an interesting report about the Maj. Hasan’s alleged jihad proclivities:
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WASHINGTON — The Army psychiatrist suspected of carrying a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, had come to the attention of authorities six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
The postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was killed during the shootings at the Army post that left least 11 others dead and 31 wounded. The officials say they are still trying to confirm that he was the author. They said an official investigation was not opened.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.
“To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its (sic) more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause,” said the Internet posting. “Scholars have paralled (sic) this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers.”
Now I see why CAIR rushed to put out a press release and called a news conference. This story is getting very interesting.