Prior to 1970, Malik Awadallah Hasan and his wife Hanan Ismail ‘Nora” Hasan immigrated from Palestine to the Roanoke, Virginia area. The family were Muslim. Malik reportedly owned the Mount Olive Grill and Bar along with a Roanoke grocery store. Nora operated the Capitol Restaurant, now closed, in Roanoke.
On September 8, 1970, the Hasan welcomed a son and named him Nidal Malik Hasan. At the time, the Hasan family lived in Arlington, Virginia.
In 1985, the Hasan family moved from Arlington to Roanoke, where Nidal attended William Fleming High School.
Upon graduating from high school, Nidal joined the US Army against the wishes of his parents. While serving 8 years as an enlisted member of the Army, Hasan was allowed to attend college classes.
In 1995, Nidal Hasan earned a degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech. With his degree, Hasan attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
In 2003, Hasan obtained a medical degree. He served his residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During this time, according to his records, Hasan was forced to receive counseling and extra supervision. He was also reprimanded for trying to proselytize co-workers to convert them to Islam.
In July 2005, Hasan received his Virginia medical license.
In 2007, Hasan completes his residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
In Spring 2009, Hasan draws the attention of federal investigators for his online postings which included suicide bombers. The FBI had also intercepted emails between Hasan and known Islamic terrorist al-Awlaki.
In May, 2009, Hasan was promoted to Major, even though he had a less than stellar record.
Sometime in 2009, Hasan wants to get out of the Army earlier than his commitment will allow and hires an attorney to see what his options are.
In July 2009, Major Hasan was assigned to the Darnell Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas. At Fort Hood, Hasan treats patients suffering from PTSD. Hasan also learns that he is to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan in the coming months.
On this day, November 5, 2009, Hasan, who lives off base in Killeen, Texas gives his possessions including a Quran and bag of fresh vegetables to his neighbor. He asks her to give whatever she doesn’t want to the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, the neighbor was not alarmed by this bizarre action.
At 1:30pm, Hasan is on base at Fort Hood where he walks out and starts shooting military and civilian personnel. Hasan was armed with to semi-automatic handguns and several extra loaded clips when he was reported as shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ which is Arabic for ‘God is great’. Ten minutes into the shootings, Hasan is wounded and stopped by civilian police on the base. Ironically, US military personnel, with a few exceptions, are not allowed to be armed on military bases.
By the time the police wounded and subdued Hasan, he had killed 13 people and wounded 31 others. His victims were:
- Michael Grant Cahill, 62; a civilian physician assistant
- Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52; Army Major
- Justin Michael DeCrow, 32; Army Staff Sergeant
- John P. Gaffaney, 56; Army Reserve Captain
- Frederick Greene, 29; Army Specialist, shot 12 times as he rushed Hasan to stop him.
- Jason Dean Hunt, 22; Army Specialist
- Amy Sue Krueger, 29; Army Staff Sergeant
- Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19; Army Private First Class
- Michael S. Pearson, 22; Army Private First Class
- Russell Gilbert Seager, 51; Army Reserve Captain
- Francheska Velez, 21; Army Private First Class, was pregnant and cried out “My Baby” as she was fatally shot.
- Juanita L. Warman, 55; Army Lieutenant Colonel Nurse
- Kham See Xiong, 23. Army Private First Class
The shooting was the worst mass shooting at a US military base in the United States. Even though Hasan had radical Islamic ideas and had been on federal radar for them and was shouting a typical radical Muslim phrase, President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice and military leaders refused to acknowledge that his actions were those of a terrorist. Instead, they defined it as a work-place shooting which deprived the victims and their families of any military benefits or compensation.
However, after a great deal of public private and military pressure, the victims and their families finally were recognized and awarded the Purple Heart for military and Defense of Freedom Medal for civilians, in April 2015. Even though Pentagon was against awarding the medals, the victims and their families were also finally awarded the health and medical benefits they deserved. It wasn’t until after Hasan wrote a letter to the Pope saying that there would be more jihad to come.
Hasan was initially in a coma after being wounded by police, but upon his recovery, he stood trial before a military tribunal on Article 32 charges of murder and attempted murder.
During his trial, Hasan tried to claim that the US was at war with Islam and thus his actions were justified. He also tried to claim he was defending the Taliban but a military judge ruled that this could not be part of his defense.
On August 23, 2013, Nidal Malik Hasan was found guilty of 13 counts of first degree murder and over 30 counts of attempted murder along with other charges.
On August 28, 2013, the same military jury, consisting of 9 colonels, 3 lieutenant colonels and 1 major that heard the case rendered the guilty verdict recommended that Hasan receive the death sentence. He was also dishonorably discharged from the military.
While in prison at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Hasan asked if he could join the forces of ISIS. He is currently on Death Row at Leavenworth awaiting execution.
Sources for the above includes: Gunman Kills 12, Wounds 31 at Fort Hood: Army Doctor Held in Ft. Hood Rampage; Army Major Kills 13 People in Fort Hood Shooting Spree; Nidal Malik Hasan Goes on Shooting Spree at Fort Hood Army Base in 2009; Nidal Hasan Sentenced to Death for Fort Hood Shooting Rampage; From Death Row, Ft. Hood Shooter Requests to Join Islamic State; Muslim DOJ Downplays Muslim Terrorist Fort Hood Massacre; Fort Hood Shooting Victims Recognized as War Casualties; Nidal Malik Hasan; Who is Nidal Hasan?