A survivor of last year's Fort Hood, Texas, shootings testified Monday that the gunman showed no emotion as he killed 13 people and injured dozens more.
"He wasn't happy, he wasn't angry," Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Valdivia said of the accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan. "It was some kind of passive look."
Valdivia's testimony came on the fifth day of an Article 32 hearing at the base to determine whether there is enough evidence for Nasan to proceed to a court-martial in the November 2009 shooting spree on the military base.
Valdivia said it took him a while to realize that the shooting was not some kind of exercise that was delaying him from getting his deployment approved.
"I was growing impatient because I wanted to get on with the paperwork," he said.
Staff Sgt. Eric Jackson said he heard multiple pops that he thought might be blanks. Then he saw a hand with a weapon coming around the side of a partition where he and others were taking cover.
Staff Sgt. Thuan Nguyen said he heard noises and saw the colors of a laser pointer reflected on the floor.
"I hear shots, I hear people praying," Nguyen said. "People were just shivering, afraid."
By the time court recessed on Monday, the prosecution had questioned 39 witnesses, with each one adding dramatic brushstrokes to the canvas of what happened at Fort Hood on November 5.
Capt. Dorothy Carskadon, who still carries a bullet in her body from the attack, was shot four times. Like an earlier witness, she told of a female soldier on the floor near her who was calling out during the attack "my baby, my baby."
"She just kept saying she was hit in the stomach and crying 'my baby, my baby,'" Carskadon said. Under defense questioning, the witness said it was impossible for her to know whether the woman was pregnant.
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