Friday, November 6, 2009

Army officer doesn't want to do his job so goes on shooting spree - kills 12

It's all over the news.  Army Major Nader Hasan stood up in a crowded room of Americans preparing to deploy to war and emptied two handguns, killing 12 and wounding 30.  He was wounded by a police officer and taken to a hospital where he was treated and stabilized.

Hasan had been telling his family since 2001 that he wanted to get out of the military, according to a spokeswoman for a cousin, Nader Hasan.  Major Hasan told his family he had been taunted after the September 11 attacks, the spokeswoman said.

"He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," his cousin told the New York Times. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there."

Hasan was born in the United States, graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and made his way up through the Army ranks, promoting to major in May 2009.

Staff Sgt. Marc Molano said that Hasan treated him for post-traumatic stress disorder earlier this year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, CNN reported.  "Dr. Hasan provided me with nothing but the best care," Molano said. "He was a very well-mannered, polite psychiatrist, and it's just a shock to know that Dr. Hasan could have done this. It's still kind of hard to believe."  Molano described him as "far and away one of the best psychiatrists I ever dealt with."

The shooter began his day like most other days, according to a convenience store owner that told reporters Hasan frequented his store many mornings, purchasing his usual coffee and hash browns.  Surveillance footage from the store's camera the morning of the shootings shows a relaxed and smiling Hasan conversing with a clerk six hours before murdering 12 soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas.

What's behind the murders?  What could cause, what a former neighbor described as a "cool, calm, religious" man, to do such a terrible thing?  My mind ran rampant with conspiracy theories.  Terrorism?  Drugs?  Prozac withdrawal?  What?!?!

It seems the world is going crazy.  My heart aches for the families....

1 comment:

Miss Sara said...

We were listening to talk radio last night... they were discussion outlawing the muslim religion since it has such a direct order to kill anyone who disagrees, including Americans. Theproblem with that is that it takes away the very freedoms that America promises, freedom of religion (among others). Interesting thoughts, interesting problems....