New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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TRAGEDY AT FORT HOOD Vkkers might have
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Monica Cain waits to hear on the status of her husband, Dan^en Cain, who was in lockdown at Fort Hood after a gunman opened fire killing 12 and wounding 31, in Killeen Thursday. Darren Cain is in the military and stationed
12 dead^ dozens wounded in shooting rampage in Killeen
Mjr. Malik Nadal Hasan
By April Castro and Davlin Barrett
Associated Press writers
FORT HOOD — An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post Thursday, authorites said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in die United States.
The gunman, first said to have b^ killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guaid, said Lt Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood "I would say his death is not imminent," Cone said. Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was sliot at least four times.
The man was identified as M4 NklalMaUkHasaa a39-year-dd, eig^t-yw veteran from Virginia.
President Barack Obama called the shooting at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are letum-ing undergo medical screening, "a horrific outburst of violence."
"It's difficult enough when we lose these iNSve Americans in battles ovnseas," the commands in chl^ said. "R is horrifying that they dKHdd come und«-file M «1 Army base on An^ican soO."
There was no official word on motive. Hasan had transferred to Fort Hood in JulyWHAT WE KNOW: NEW BRAUNFELS AND FORT HOODBy Eric «I. MfeUbedier
Retired Maj. Kevin Cregier, who teaches aerospace science and runs the Air force ROTC at Can^n High School, said he knew of no one from the area currently stationed in Fort Hood.
A group of more than 200 National Guard soldiers from New Braunfels (4th Battalion 133rd Reld Artillery Headquarters Battery of New Braunfels) recent deployed is training at Fort Bliss in west Texas. The Brigade the (local National Guard soldiers) are deploying with is headquartered at Fort Hood, but they are in Fort Bliss currency," Cregier said. Master Sgt Thomas Alien with the National Guard also said he knew of no one located at the base currently from the New Braunfels area. Master Sgt Juan Medrano, the ROTC instructor at New Braunfels High School, said no former students he knew are currently stationed at Fort Hood. "I have not heard of anyone," said state representative Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragic event"
"We are certainly monitoring the situation," said Mayor Bruce Boyer.
"Ifs a tragedy, especially when coming back from Afghanistan or for someone about to be deployed. You think the safest place for our soldiers is to be on base and it turns out not to be true," he said. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in New Braunfels will accept blood donations to go toward victims of the Fort Hood shooting. They are not yet credited as an official donation spot according to Priscilla Valadez witti the center, but are working out the details to participate in donation efforts. "If you have the first name, last name, city and state of someone there you want to donate to, it can be credited as a replacement (toward someone specific at the base)," she said.
The center is located at 651 N. Business 35 in the Marke^lace Shopping Center, and can be contacted by calling (830)625-5401.
If you need to check on the status of family or friends who may have been involved in the Fort Hood Shooting, call the Killeen branch of the Red Cross at (254) 200-4400, or the Fort Hood Public Affairs office at (254)291-2591.MORE INFORMATION
There has been an increase in mass shootings in recent years. See page 2
from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anon)^ity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly
Sen. Kay Sisdley Hutchison, R-Ttocas, said generals at Fbrt Hood told her that Hasan was about to depkiy overseas. Retired Col. Terry Lee, who said he had worked with Hasan, tdd Fox News he was being sent to A^g^uuiistan.
Lee said Hasan had hoped Obama would puB troops oitt (tf A^l^ianistan and Inu) and got into fi:equent arguments with others in the military who sumxirted the wars.
Shooting rampage on Fort Hood
A soldier oj?enecl fire in a processing center at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, ieaving 11 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities kHIfjd the gunrriaii and appref ierKJed two other soldiers suspected HI the attack
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whether Hasan was his birth name or if he may have changed his name, possibly as part of a conversion to Islam. However, they were not certain of his reli^on.
Video from the scene showed police patrolling the area with handguns and riQes, duddng bel^d build-
See RNrr, Page 8AByTherofi Brittain
l*rosecutors introduced evidence today implying lanice Vickers knew Shirley Unden-baum prior to running over and killing her, contradicting statements she made to police the night I jndenbaum died.
Testimony by a long-time friend of Vickers and the presentation of a log of phone calls made fh)m Vickers' cell phone Nov. 3, 2006 cast doubt on previous statements that she did not know Lindenbaum.
Mary Farley, who characterized herself as a "close friend" of Vickers. testified she received a phone call from Vickers the day after the accident. She said Vickers told her "she had run over someone and killed her."
"(Vickers) said she went to visit a woman (because) she needed help." Farley said. "She said they left and were going
to (Vickers ) house. She said the woman got upset and was confused about where she was going. She said the woman opened the door arid jumped out."
Fariey then said. "(Vickers) told me that she ran over her once and when slie backed up. she ran over her again."
Vickers told police during a voluntary interview the night of Lindenbaum's death that she had "never seen (Lindenbaum) in my life."
During cross-exarnination, Fariey told defense attorney Mark Clark that Vickers" speech was slurred during their phone conversation arid she was hard to understand. Vickers told her she had taken some Vicodin before the phone call.
Fariey said she did not think Vickers was making any sense and it was obvious she was
See TRIAL, Page 8A
Janice Vicker's longtime friend, Mary Farley, testifies Thursday about phone conversations she had with Vickers the day after Shiriey Lindenbaum died.
'Rule of capture' hurts Trinity Aquifer, usersBy Chris Cobb
After suffering through a near-record drought, Comal County Commissioners described a dire need Thursday to manage and protect the limited amount of groundwater flowing underneath the majority of the county.
Comal County sits atop water welled up in the TVinity or Edwards aquifers, massive sheh^es of permeable rock that yield water to users from Dallas to south of San Antonio.
To manage overuse and conserve the finite amount of water stored under the surface, the Texas legislature allows local governments to create groundwater conservation districts. But the almost two-thirds of Comal County that relies on the TYinity — unlike almost all of its neighbors — is without any such protection.
"Everyone around us has a way to manage their groundwater except us," Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay MiUikin
said during Thursday's Commissioners Court meeting.
The dangers, according to State Representative Doug Miller, are both potential overuse, and the reality that future residents in a fast-growing county could end up living above dry wells.
"The resource is finite, and as the Western portion of Comal County becomes more populated, that means more witiidrawals from the aquifer," said Miller, a former chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority. "If we don't have some system in place to manage the resource, you could have a number of people in this county without water."
The Edwards Aquifer Authority is a groundwater conservation district created in 1996, and it regulates and protects the water resources undemeath much of central Texas, including a littie over a third of Comal County.
But such a conservation system isn't in place in the large swath of Comal County above
See TRINITY, Page 2A