October 20th, 2010
05:43 PM ET

Witness thought there was more than one shooter

An Army officer said he thought the rapid rate of gunfire meant there was more than one shooter in last November's Fort Hood massacre.

But when the shooting ceased after police brought down Nidal Hasan, it became clear he had acted alone, Major Stephen Richter said.

Richter of the Army Medical Corps recounted in chilling detail how he could feel the shooter stalking him as he saw the red laser from Nidal Hasan's gun sight flickering in his eyes.

Testifying via video link from South Korea, Richter said Hasan was distracted by gunfire from the civilian police and turned away from him.

He said he called out when he saw Hasan's uniform and identification badge.

"I remember saying to the police officer – 'he is one of us,'" Richter said.

Still convinced there were other shooters after Hasan was down, Richter said he grabbed Hasan's handgun off the ground and prepared to fire it. But the gun was jammed, and as he tried to clear the it, he burned his fingers on the barrel, which was still hot after hundreds of rounds had been fired.

The prosecution plans to complete presenting its case Thursday in the Article 32 hearing to determine if Hasan should proceed to court-martial. The defense has been told it can start its case November 8.

Read the full story on CNN.com.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. mary adkins

    It must be so difficult for the witnesses to relive this horror. If anyone deserves a court martial, this guy does.

    October 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. k

    how soon until we get to kill him? I hope it is highly publicized, i bet i know what his last words will be! Hint its not "im coming elizbeth". (redd foxx) . And allah akbar to you too major. See you in hel.l. Mother phucker!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joy

    He should be hung in public..........rot in Hell

    October 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eunice

    Yea and where are the Muslems view on this huh? Is this what the US should be letting you stay in the USA for? Go home.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |