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April 02, 2014

Another Shooting At Fort Hood

"Shelter in place," residents are advised.

An early description just came over the transom: White male armed with a .45, gray Toyota. As you know, these early reports are almost always wrong.

I have no idea if this is connected at all, but authorities have been searching for an ex-army recruit who revealed a desire to commit a Fort Hood-style attack against US servicemen.

It could be that he chose to do so at Fort Hood.

But there is no evidence, apart from the coincidence in timing, to link these stories.

Update: Commenters are telling me the Booker guy, who was wanted in connection with a possible plot to stage a Fort Hood style shooting, was caught yesterday and is in a mental health facility.

One quotes this report:

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.

More details about Booker here.

On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.

Again, while KCEN is also noting the coincidence of timing, they too are saying there is no reason, apart from timing, to connect Booker to this shooting.

I don't know if he's in the mental hospital or not.

Maybe the KCEN people are talking about another guy that hasn't been named yet. I got the sense they meant Booker/Hassan, but I don't know that.

There are a couple of late reports:

CNN says there are two shooters. One is in custody. At least one person is dead.


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