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U.S.: The Fort Hood Shooting

2 MINS READNov 5, 2009 | 21:19 GMT
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As many as three gunmen opened fire on military personnel in the Soldier Readiness Center of Fort Hood, Texas early afternoon Nov. 5, killing seven and wounding 30. One gunman is reported to be in custody while the other two are reported to be on the loose on the nearly 215,000-acre military complex. The gunmen are reported to be in military fatigues, which could present problems identifying the suspects. Fort Hood is on lock-down, as is the Killeen Independent School District. The shooter in custody is described to be in his late 30s, but latest reports indicate that a firefight is currently occurring between one or possibly two individuals and military police. The gunmen have barricaded themselves in a single building. One holed-up gunman appears to have been wounded. While details are still coming in, this appears to be a premeditated and coordinated attack and follows previous plots foiled by U.S. security forces, such as the Fort Dix plot and the recent North Carolina terror plot. It remains to be seen if this attack is the work of a grassroots jihadist cell or a lone-wolf or mutiny type of attack. STRATFOR will continue to monitor the situation.

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