October 18th, 2010
06:50 PM ET

Witness: Accused Fort Hood shooter had 'passive' look

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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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Floria sigmundi

    Because he clearly didn't care about his actions


    This Asian guy with terets is singing out loud in Chinese like he is possessed 

    October 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    i hate to even say this but floria is right maybe the fact he is in a wheel chair stopped him from dancing a jig

    October 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    will someone explain to me how 13 dead and dozens wounded is not enough to convict him?

    October 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |

      Its part of due process. Yes, we know he did it. EVERYBODY knows he did it. To my knowledge he has neither denied it or attempted to put up any sort of defense. In a country ruled by anarchy he would already be dead, but in this country he will receive a scrupulously fair trial and THEN he will be put to death.

      November 3, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mommamia

    When someone has set thier mind to do something they go about the task at hand whatever that task is hard for us to understand but thats the way it works our military personnel or swat teams (forgive the comparison) have the mindset to do what the task requires in that vein a person who believes they are killing for some great purpose kills with thier misguided purpose without emotion

    October 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D:

    Floria, it's spelled, "tourettes". Also, has everyone forgotten how to use a comma? Half of these comments are unintelligible!! Wow, punctuation and spelling really is a lost art!

    October 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    sorry we all are not english professors

    October 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    Actually it should read "puntuation and spelling ARE really lost ARTS" because they are 2 different things which changes the "is" to an "are" and then change ART to ARTS because it becomes plural when there ARE more than 1.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      tee hee!

      November 3, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Canuck

    Off, with, his head.....

    October 19, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. whit

    Where is mehdi dr gen bad guy?

    October 19, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |