FORT HOOD (CBSDFW.COM)– There were more tales of heroics and chaos as a parade of soldiers took the stand on Thursday for Major Nidal Hasan’s Article 32 hearing. Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and injuring another 32 during a shooting rampage on November 5 at Fort Hood.
From a base in Afghanistan, Army Spc. Alan Carroll testified that, despite being shot four times by Hasan, he still tried to pull another injured soldier to safety. Carroll’s wounds left him unable to walk, so he tried to crawl while dragging the other soldier out of the Fort Hood Readiness Center. When asked why he did not crawl out alone, Carroll replied, “Never leave a fallen comrade behind.”
Lt. Brandy Mason then took the stand, saying that she heard Hasan shout “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great!”) before he fired. Mason, like many others at Fort Hood that day, thought that the shooting was just a training exercise.
According to Mason, someone yelled, “Training or not, get down!” That is when she found a hiding spot on the floor, in between two tables. Still, she was unable to avoid a gunshot wound to her left thigh. Even then, Mason said that she thought that the shot was a ‘training round’ until she saw her own blood.
Private First Class Najee Hull also testified that Hasan yelled “God is great!” in Arabic before shooting. Hull said that he saw two weapons – one with a red laser and another with a green laser – before he huddled up with five other soldiers and waited for someone to yell “Go! Go! Go!” That is when they made their escape.
Hull ended up with three gunshot wounds and eventually had his spleen removed.
Military judge Lt. Col. James L. Pohl is the Army investigating officer presiding over the Article 32 hearing to determine if the 40-year-old Hasan should be tried on 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
Hasan has been in the courtroom each day, seated in a wheelchair. He has been paralyzed from the chest down since Fort Hood police officers fired on him during the attack.