Home > The Blotter > Archives > 2009 > November > 05 > Entry McCaul says suspect had special training in shooting, parents hailed from JordanIf you remember The Godfather, you may remember that Michael Corleone was also the child of immigrants whose parents didn't want him to go into the military. The fact that may have been born in Virginia doesn't mean this isn't an immigration story.
By W. Gardner Selby | Thursday, November 5, 2009, 05:40 PM
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, who has been briefed on the shootings at Fort Hood, said one suspect, Nadal Malik Hasan, was a physician who was born in Virginia to parents who hailed from Jordan.
He said he didn’t yet have the names of two other suspects.
”The background of these individuals is going to be critical,” McCaul said.
Hasan, McCaul said, ”took a lot of advanced training in shooting.” He said he’s not sure why.
He said Hassan, with others, acted at Fort Hood using handguns.
”They did a tremendous amount of damage,” he said, considering they did not have AK-47s.
”It’s clear this was a coordinated attack,” McCaul said, adding that some have attributed it to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, though it’s premature to say so. ”It’s too early to jump to any conclusions.”
McCaul said he also has been told that Hasan had undergone rehabilitative alcohol counseling.
”Whether it was domestic or foreign, clearly when a U.S. military base is attacked in this kind of fashion, that is an act of terror in my book,” McCaul said.