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No Hawaii-based military involved in Ft. Hood shooting

LT. Gen. Bob Cone LT. Gen. Bob Cone
Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony
Maj. Gen. Robert Caslen, Jr. Maj. Gen. Robert Caslen, Jr.

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sirens blared and Fort Hood went into lockdown after investigators say an Army officer opened fire on a crowd of people inside the base. Twelve people were killed and 31 others were hurt.

"It's a terrible tragedy. It's stunning and as I say as I've gone around to the hospital here and as I've gone to the scene. Soldiers and family members are absolutely devastated," said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, Fort Hood Base Commander.

Fort Hood is one of the major staging areas for soldiers deploying to the Middle East and it's where the Hawaii National Guard goes to train. The spokesperson says they can say without a doubt no Hawaii based National Guard soldiers were at Fort Hood.

"When this news started to come out of Texas of this tragedy the first thing we did was check with our own personnel people to see if we had anyone with the Hawaii National Guard who would have been there and the answer is no. There are no Hawaii National Guard soldiers at Fort Hood at this time," said Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony, Hawaii National Guard.

A spokesperson for all four military branches based in Hawaii says they do not believe any of their personnel were at Fort Hood today. But that still doesn't take away from the shock of fellow officers, especially for those returning to Hawaii from combat in Iraq.

"I had heard there was loss of life and I'm very sad to see that. That's unfortunate," said Maj. Gen. Robert Caslen, Jr., 25th Infantry Division Commanding General, who returned from Iraq today.

Soldiers who have been to Fort Hood say it's the biggest base in the country and has 60,000 people. Hawaii National Guard soldiers were just there in July and August.

"Ft. Hood is just massive, you can drive from one area of the post to another area of the post and it can take you an hour and a half, to two hours, to drive across these very vast training areas," said Lt. Col. Anthony.

The suspect is Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. He was shot several times and is now in stable condition and in custody. Hasan is a psychiatrist who worked with soldiers with mental health issues to prevent them from doing exactly what he's now accused of.

New reports say Maj. Hasan may have been angry about a pending deployment. He had never been sent out of the United States before.

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