October 14th, 2010
04:26 PM ET

Fort Hood hearing: 'All I smelled was blood'

The shooting happened so fast that is sounded like an automatic weapon, one soldier testified.

Some said they didn't realize they were wounded until they saw their own blood. And others told how they tried to play dead, hoping the gunman would pass them by.

The testimony came Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas, during the military's evidentiary hearing into the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of the Fort Hood shootings last November that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.

Spc. Keara Bono testified she was reading a book in the Fort Hood building, moving through the paperwork and medical tests to deploy to Iraq. Suddenly, she said, she was wounded in the head.

"At that moment, all I smelled was blood because my face was covered with it," she testified Thursday afternoon.

Spc. Jonathn Pagel said he suddenly felt a burning in his chest. "I put my hand up there and realized I was bleeding," he said.

It was hard to track how long the shooting lasted. "It seems like an eternity," he said.

And he said the shots kept coming. "It was pretty rapid, to me it sounded almost like a fully auto," he said.

By midafternoon Thursday, only the second full day of testimony, the prosecution had questioned 16 of its witnesses.

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  1. Mehdi General Dr Bad


    October 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. what

    He should be hung and his mosque should be investigated for terrorism.the soldiers should be the firing squad.

    October 15, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. kirk

    save him gen. Hes going to the zoo ( kangaroo exhibit). Their is a real problem with our troops state of mind. And it should be known, catch the show on how our returning troops are doing? This is nothing new, but the maj. Will not be found innocent. And yes he will get a trial and it will show him in a light that stereotype muslims. The gen. Bad is trying to tell you there is a reason you dont hear it all. Starts with the jew media.

    October 15, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Aldrich

    I dicuss this incident a little bit more in detail on my personal blog. check it out here, http://www.thesoldierdiaries.com

    If you like what you read, feel free to subscribe, I usually post daily about a variety of differnet military topics.

    October 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |