Fort Hood soldiers watching the news from Fort Irwin. pic.twitter.com/YYE9mv4oUn
— Don Gomez (@dongomezjr) April 2, 2014
A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity told the AP that one person is dead and 14 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood.
The situation is ongoing at the same Army base where thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in what was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in history.
Yesterday, Fox News reported that a self-professed jihadist had threatened online to commit a “Fort Hood-inspired” act of terror and “was weeks away from reporting for basic training when the military learned of his radicalism – which had apparently been on display for months in online posts where he praised Usama bin Laden and pledged to die for radical Islam.”
The man identified in an FBI-sourced alert as “Booker, also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan” appears to be the same person who wrote of his jihadist aspirations, cheered on the murder of American troops in Iraq and praised the Al Qaeda terror boss in posts stretching back months, FoxNews.com has learned.
“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush! I am so nervous,” read a March 19 post on the Facebook page authorities believe belonged to the subject of the alert. “NOT because I’m scared to die but I am EAGER to meet my lord.”
There are reports that Booker has been caught and is currently in a mental health facility.
John Thomas Booker, 19, of Topeka, Kan. enlisted in the Army in February and was due to report for basic training on April 7. But the FBI interviewed him in March and alerted the Army, which formally discharged him last week. He is now in an undisclosed mental health facility, sources told FoxNews.com.My Pet Jawa links a similar report.
However, on the live feed from KCEN below, they keep saying that guy is still wanted.
My husband claims to have heard the first disavowal from a public official that the incident has anything to do with terrorism.
Greta Van Susteren reported the latest at Fox News:
They’re saying there were two gunmen and one has been neutralized.
We’re now hearing 4 dead via Fox News.
CBS News has confirmed 4 people are dead after a shooting at Fort Hood. The number of dead includes the gunman.
Pentagon sources tell CBS News that the Fort Hood shooter is a soldier — identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez — and that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. CBS News reports that the shooting stemmed from a soldier dispute.
Some news analysts are questioning the idea that the shooting stemmed from a soldier dispute given the number of dead (4) and wounded (14).
The Conversation: Obama Attended 2 Fundraisers As Deadly Fort Hood Shooting Unfolded:
The shooting reportedly started between 4:25 and 4:30 central time and for several hours Fort Hood was in lockdown, and the nation didn’t know the number of shooters or whether or the shooter(s) were terrorists.
While all this was unfolding, Obama was in Chicago for a pair of fund raisers.
Air Force One touched down at O’Hare Airport at 4:00 pm and the president was whisked off to his first scheduled stop at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse, where he attended a private roundtable discussion for the DNC. Reportedly 25 supporters paid up to $32,400 to attend that event.
Then he was off to a private residence in Lincoln Park where he attended a dinner reception where 55 supporters paid up to $10,000 to meet the president.
Obama was expected to leave Chicago for Washington DC at around 8:30 p.m.
He interrupted his event at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse to make a brief statement about the ongoing shooting incident.