Flowers, letters and other memorial items are placed at the foot of the "Welcome to Fort Hood" sign the night of the massacre, outside the entrance gate to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Flowers, letters and other memorial items are placed at the foot of the "Welcome to Fort Hood" sign the night of the massacre, outside the entrance gate to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

In The Footsteps of Nidal Malik Hasan
In The Footsteps of Nidal Malik Hasan

On a sunny, autumn afternoon in 2009 Army major and psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas - killing 13 and injuring more than 30 people. The shooting produced more carnage and casualties than any other in history on an American military base. The day before the massacre he visited several stores in Killeen including "Guns Galore", where he legally purchased an FN Herstal semi-automatic pistol, nicknamed "the cop killer", that authorities believe he used to carry out the attack. He left his apartment in a disheveled state after allegedly giving away most of his possessions including his bed, most of the food from his refrigerator, copies of the Koran, as well as shredding important documents. He told his imam that he was planning to visit his parents before deploying to Afghanistan - however, his mother and father had been dead for nearly a decade.  Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that the FBI had been aware of Hasan's connection to Yemen-based Islamic extremist imam Anwar al-Awlaki, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. An officer who trained Hasan recalled that he argued for the right of Muslims to conscientiously object to fighting in predominantly Islamic countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the shooting, Hasan was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan just a few weeks later. During the attack Hasan was shot and as a result is paralyzed from the waist down. He was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. On August 28, 2013, he was sentenced to death.  

The following is a glimpse in to the life of Nidal Malik Hasan, illustrating his activities the day before and the day of the massacre.

 Hasan's apartment, #9 at the Casa Del Norte Apartment complex in Killeen, Texas.  

Hasan's apartment, #9 at the Casa Del Norte Apartment complex in Killeen, Texas.  

 Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire inside Fort Hood's Solider Readiness Processing Center, a building which soldiers visited daily to receive psychological evaluations and vaccinations before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and began targeting anyone in a green Army uniform. The building, ridden with bullet holes, was sealed off for nearly four years until it was torn down in 2014.  

Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire inside Fort Hood's Solider Readiness Processing Center, a building which soldiers visited daily to receive psychological evaluations and vaccinations before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and began targeting anyone in a green Army uniform. The building, ridden with bullet holes, was sealed off for nearly four years until it was torn down in 2014.  

 A soldier jogs by on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

A soldier jogs by on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 The 7-11 convenience store on 620 South Fort Hood Road, where Hasan was filmed by the store security camera the day of the shooting in Killeen, Texas. 

The 7-11 convenience store on 620 South Fort Hood Road, where Hasan was filmed by the store security camera the day of the shooting in Killeen, Texas. 

 Dogs guard "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas,  where Hasan legally purchased an FN Herstal semi-automatic pistol, nicknamed "the cop killer", which he used to carry out the attack at Fort Hood.

Dogs guard "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas, where Hasan legally purchased an FN Herstal semi-automatic pistol, nicknamed "the cop killer", which he used to carry out the attack at Fort Hood.

 Street lamps glow on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Street lamps glow on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

 Casa Del Norte, the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas.  Hasan  left his apartment in a disheveled state after allegedly giving away most of his possessions including his bed, food from his refrigerator, copies of the Koran, as well as shredding important documents.

Casa Del Norte, the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas.  Hasan left his apartment in a disheveled state after allegedly giving away most of his possessions including his bed, food from his refrigerator, copies of the Koran, as well as shredding important documents.

 Hasan's kitchen, where he gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Hasan's kitchen, where he gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

 Coins from various countries, including Israel, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Coins from various countries, including Israel, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

 Prescription medication - including Combivir, a drug often prescribed for doctors who may have come in contact with HIV, as well as the antibiotic Clarithromycin, a cough reliever and an antihistamine - found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Prescription medication - including Combivir, a drug often prescribed for doctors who may have come in contact with HIV, as well as the antibiotic Clarithromycin, a cough reliever and an antihistamine - found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

 Hasan's mostly empty apartment bathroom after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Hasan's mostly empty apartment bathroom after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 Traditional Islamic attire found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Traditional Islamic attire found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 A prayer rug, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

A prayer rug, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 A psychological evaluation found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

A psychological evaluation found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 Items found, including the book "Dreams and Interpretations", in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Items found, including the book "Dreams and Interpretations", in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 Hasan allegedly gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Hasan allegedly gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

 A paper shredder box, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Tenants at the Casa Del Norte apartment complex in Killeen said that Hasan was causing a ruckus in his one-bedroom apartment during the early hours of Nov. 5, banging against the thin walls long after midnight, packing boxes and shredding papers. 

A paper shredder box, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Tenants at the Casa Del Norte apartment complex in Killeen said that Hasan was causing a ruckus in his one-bedroom apartment during the early hours of Nov. 5, banging against the thin walls long after midnight, packing boxes and shredding papers. 

 Hasan's mostly empty apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Hasan's mostly empty apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

 Flowers, letters and other memorial items are placed at the foot of the "Welcome to Fort Hood" sign the night of the massacre, outside the entrance gate to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
In The Footsteps of Nidal Malik Hasan
 Hasan's apartment, #9 at the Casa Del Norte Apartment complex in Killeen, Texas.  
 Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire inside Fort Hood's Solider Readiness Processing Center, a building which soldiers visited daily to receive psychological evaluations and vaccinations before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and began targeting anyone in a green Army uniform. The building, ridden with bullet holes, was sealed off for nearly four years until it was torn down in 2014.  
 A soldier jogs by on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 
 The 7-11 convenience store on 620 South Fort Hood Road, where Hasan was filmed by the store security camera the day of the shooting in Killeen, Texas. 
 Dogs guard "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas,  where Hasan legally purchased an FN Herstal semi-automatic pistol, nicknamed "the cop killer", which he used to carry out the attack at Fort Hood.
 Street lamps glow on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
 Casa Del Norte, the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas.  Hasan  left his apartment in a disheveled state after allegedly giving away most of his possessions including his bed, food from his refrigerator, copies of the Koran, as well as shredding important documents.
 Hasan's kitchen, where he gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
 Coins from various countries, including Israel, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
 Prescription medication - including Combivir, a drug often prescribed for doctors who may have come in contact with HIV, as well as the antibiotic Clarithromycin, a cough reliever and an antihistamine - found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
 Hasan's mostly empty apartment bathroom after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 
 Traditional Islamic attire found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 
 A prayer rug, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 
 A psychological evaluation found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 
 Items found, including the book "Dreams and Interpretations", in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 
 Hasan allegedly gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
 A paper shredder box, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Tenants at the Casa Del Norte apartment complex in Killeen said that Hasan was causing a ruckus in his one-bedroom apartment during the early hours of Nov. 5, banging against the thin walls long after midnight, packing boxes and shredding papers. 
 Hasan's mostly empty apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Flowers, letters and other memorial items are placed at the foot of the "Welcome to Fort Hood" sign the night of the massacre, outside the entrance gate to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

In The Footsteps of Nidal Malik Hasan

On a sunny, autumn afternoon in 2009 Army major and psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas - killing 13 and injuring more than 30 people. The shooting produced more carnage and casualties than any other in history on an American military base. The day before the massacre he visited several stores in Killeen including "Guns Galore", where he legally purchased an FN Herstal semi-automatic pistol, nicknamed "the cop killer", that authorities believe he used to carry out the attack. He left his apartment in a disheveled state after allegedly giving away most of his possessions including his bed, most of the food from his refrigerator, copies of the Koran, as well as shredding important documents. He told his imam that he was planning to visit his parents before deploying to Afghanistan - however, his mother and father had been dead for nearly a decade.  Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that the FBI had been aware of Hasan's connection to Yemen-based Islamic extremist imam Anwar al-Awlaki, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. An officer who trained Hasan recalled that he argued for the right of Muslims to conscientiously object to fighting in predominantly Islamic countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the shooting, Hasan was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan just a few weeks later. During the attack Hasan was shot and as a result is paralyzed from the waist down. He was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. On August 28, 2013, he was sentenced to death.  

The following is a glimpse in to the life of Nidal Malik Hasan, illustrating his activities the day before and the day of the massacre.

Hasan's apartment, #9 at the Casa Del Norte Apartment complex in Killeen, Texas.  

Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire inside Fort Hood's Solider Readiness Processing Center, a building which soldiers visited daily to receive psychological evaluations and vaccinations before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and began targeting anyone in a green Army uniform. The building, ridden with bullet holes, was sealed off for nearly four years until it was torn down in 2014.  

A soldier jogs by on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

The 7-11 convenience store on 620 South Fort Hood Road, where Hasan was filmed by the store security camera the day of the shooting in Killeen, Texas. 

Dogs guard "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas, where Hasan legally purchased an FN Herstal semi-automatic pistol, nicknamed "the cop killer", which he used to carry out the attack at Fort Hood.

Street lamps glow on Battalion Avenue, the street wounded soldiers ran down seeking refuge and help after Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Casa Del Norte, the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas.  Hasan left his apartment in a disheveled state after allegedly giving away most of his possessions including his bed, food from his refrigerator, copies of the Koran, as well as shredding important documents.

Hasan's kitchen, where he gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Coins from various countries, including Israel, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Prescription medication - including Combivir, a drug often prescribed for doctors who may have come in contact with HIV, as well as the antibiotic Clarithromycin, a cough reliever and an antihistamine - found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Hasan's mostly empty apartment bathroom after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Traditional Islamic attire found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

A prayer rug, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

A psychological evaluation found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Items found, including the book "Dreams and Interpretations", in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

Hasan allegedly gave away most of the food from his refrigerator before the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

A paper shredder box, found in Hasan's apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Tenants at the Casa Del Norte apartment complex in Killeen said that Hasan was causing a ruckus in his one-bedroom apartment during the early hours of Nov. 5, banging against the thin walls long after midnight, packing boxes and shredding papers. 

Hasan's mostly empty apartment after the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. 

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