A U.S. Army major firing two handguns killed 11 people and wounded 31 others in a shooting rampage on Thursday at Fort Hood base in Texas, at around 1:30 p.m.
The alleged shooter, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, was killed by military police. Two other soldiers suspected to be involved were apprehended, but have sense been released.
The first shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. at the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center, where soldiers were getting medical check-ups before leaving for overseas deployments.
Fort Hood, with about 40,000 troops, is home to the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division and elements of the 4th Infantry Division, as well as the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 13th Corps Support Command.
Covering 339 square miles, Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States. Home to about 52,000 troops as of earlier this year, the sprawling base is located halfway between Austin and Waco.
At the Soldier Readiness Center, soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening – on average about 300-400 screened.
President Barack Obama was notified of the shootings.