Fort Hood Shooting
The Fort Hood massacre, like all things, has a before, a during, and an after. Before the shooting, people were going about their day as if nothing were new. During the shooting, people became the people they were meant to become. After the shooting, people felt the pain of loss; they thanked God, and they moved on. “I just thank God he missed me” (CNN). “Unit at Fort Hood deploying a month after shootings” (Fox). The morning before the shooting took place, everyone woke up to what was supposed to be a normal day. Families prepared for work and school. Police officers reported to duty and got their bagels, like every other day. Major Nidal Malik Hasan instead prepared to kill. He went about it in an odd, meticulous manner. “Major Nidal Malik Hasan cleaned out his apartment, gave leftover frozen broccoli to one neighbor and called another to thank him for his friendship- common courtesies and routines of the departing soldier”(Yahoo). Major Hasan was to be deployed to Afghanistan to assist soldiers with combat stress. He had made it known that he did not like the fact that he would be fighting against his own people. Major Hasan calmly walked into a military processing center at Fort Hood ,Texas and opened fire upon 300 unarmed soldiers and civilians who were lined up for vaccines and eye tests. The date was November 5, 2009. The time was around 1:30 p.m. “He was very swift, very tactical” (CNN). Thanks to the quick thinking of many soldiers, 600 civilians and military personnel were locked inside a building to keep the gun man, who was only 50 meters away, out. “Sgt. Kimberly Munley was cleaning the car and topping off the gas tank, routine duties at the end of her shift, when she heard the report last Thursday that shots had been fired at the Army post” (CNN). Munley ,with her partner, quickly responded to the scene. Munley stopped Hasan with four shots. Hasan was reportedly...
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