Firefighters salute as the hearse carrying Pfc Michael Pearson leaves Midway Airport, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 in Chicago. Pearson was killed Nov. 5, 2009, when army Major Malik Nadal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood killing 13 and injuring 30. (AP Photo/ M. Spencer Green)
Nov 12, 7:57 PM EST
Fort Hood suspect charged with 13 counts of murder
By ANGELA K. BROWN and LOLITA C. BALDOR – AP
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist in the Fort Hood massacre was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder Thursday as he lay in a hospital bed and President Barack Obama ordered a review to determine if the government fumbled warning signs of the shooter's contacts with a radical Islamic cleric.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted.
Army officials said they believe Hasan acted alone when he jumped on a table with two hand guns last week, shouted “Allahu akbar” and opened fire. The dead included at least three other mental health professionals; 29 were injured.
Additional charges were possible, said Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command. It had not been decided whether to charge Hasan with the death of the unborn child of a pregnant soldier who died, officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the case publicly.