The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 6, 2009

NEW: Fort Hood shooting claims former Oklahoma resident

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recently married, 22-year-old soldier from southwest Oklahoma was one of the 13 people killed in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, his mother said Friday.

Gale Hunt of Frederick said two uniformed soldiers came to her door at 11:30 p.m. Thursday to notify her of the death of her son, Spc. Jason Dean Hunt.

She said her son entered the military after graduating from Tipton High School, and had served three and a half years, including a stint in Iraq. He was previously stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Hunt said her son was married two months ago. He re-enlisted for an additional six years after serving his first two-year hitch. She described him as family-oriented.

“He didn’t go in for hunting or sports,” she said. “He was a very quiet boy who enjoyed video games.”

Hunt said the military told her that her son’s body will be flown to Dover, Md., before final burial arrangements are made.

Kathy Gray, an administrative assistant at Tipton Schools, said Hunt, known as J.D., started attending school in Tipton in elementary school and graduated in 2005.

“He was a real quiet kid, just kind of a quiet boy and a good kid, very kind,” Gray said.

Superintendent Shane Boothe said school officials are planning to have a moment of silence Friday night at the Tipton football game against Thackerville and will plan other memorials.


Apartment complex manager: Muslim sticker removed from suspect’s car

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — An apartment complex manager says the man accused of opening fire at Fort Hood, Texas recently had a religious bumper sticker torn off his car.

The manager, John Thompson, says a fellow soldier allegedly keyed Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s car and ripped up the bumper sticker. Thompson says the soldier had been to Iraq and was upset to learn Hasan was Muslim.

Thompson, who manages the Killeen, Texas complex where Hasan lives, says the bumper sticker read: “Allah is Love.” In Arabic, Allah means God.

A report filed on Aug. 16 with Killeen police says Hasan’s car had been scratched causing $1,000 worth of damage. The report says an Army employee had been arrested. It didn’t provide more details about what happened.


Neighbor: Fort Hood suspect emptied his apartment

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood cleaned out his apartment in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, a neighbor said Friday.

The neighbor, Patricia Villa, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came over to her apartment Wednesday and Thursday and offered her some items, including a new Quran, saying he was going to be deployed on Friday. She wasn’t sure if he was going to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Authorities said the 39-year-old Hasan went on a shooting spree later Thursday at the sprawling Texas post. He was among 30 people wounded in the rampage and remained hospitalized Friday in a coma, attached to a ventilator. All but two of the injured were still hospitalized, and all were listed in stable condition.

Investigators were trying to piece together how and why Hasan allegedly gunned down his comrades in one of the worst mass shootings ever on an American military base. His motive wasn’t known, but some who knew Hasan said he may have been struggling with a pending deployment and faced pressure in his work with distressed soldiers.

Hasan’s family said in a statement Friday that his alleged actions were “despicable and deplorable” and don’t reflect how the family was raised.

President Barack Obama ordered the flags at the White House and other federal buildings be at half-staff and urged people not drawn conclusions while authorities investigate.