Army Major's Ft. Hood Attack Carefully Planned, According to Prosecutor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Opening arguments begin in the trial of Army Major Nidal Hasan, accused of murdering 13 people in a shooting rampage in Ft. Hood, Texas. Hasan, serving as his own counsel, does not deny being responsible for the mass shooting.

(Sketch by Brigitte Woosley)

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A prosecutor in Texas has told jurors that the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage thoroughly planned the attack.
In opening statements today, the prosecutor said Maj. Nidal Hasan had stockpiled bullets, spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition. He says Hasan then tried to "kill as many soldiers as he could."
According to the prosecutor, Hasan set out to target only his fellow soldiers and tried to clear the area of civilians before opening fire. He said Hasan shot at only one civilian, someone who had tried to stop him.
In his own opening statement, Hasan said the evidence would show he was the shooter -- and that he was among "imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion." He said, "I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor."
Hasan doesn't deny killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a November 2009 rampage on the Texas base. He had wanted to argue that he shot U.S. troops to protect Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. But the judge barred the American-born Muslim from using that defense.

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