Incident Summary:

11/05/2009: On Thursday afternoon at 1330, in Ft. Hood, Texas, United States, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on fellow soldiers with two pistols semiautomatic capable of firing up to 20 rounds without reloading, killing 13 and wounding 31 others. Military police forces shot the gunman, a military psychiatrist who was soon to be deployed to Iraq, and who was believed to be a recent convert to Islam who had complained he was being harassed by his military colleagues. Sources indicate that the shooting may have started during a graduation ceremony attended by large numbers of young military personnel at the base's Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening. Hasan survived the gunshot wounds and was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, and Hasan was sentenced to death in August 2013.



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Location Details:
The attack took place at Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas, United States.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Army
Specific Description Military personnel
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Two semiautomatic pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 32 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 13
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 32
Number of U.S. Injured 31
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Australian, "Gunman Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan Kills 12 and Injures 31 Soldiers in Massacre at Texas Base Fort Hood," (November 6, 2009).
MSNBC, "Gunman Kills Twelve, Wounds Thirty One at Fort Hood," (November 5, 2009).
The Washington Post, "Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting rampage," August 28, 2013.