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The Texas church shooting and the Fort Hood rampage happened on the same day, 8 years apart

Law enforcement officials worked at the shooting scene. Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman/AP

A gunman fired on parishioners at a Baptist church Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas, just 160 miles from Fort Hood, which suffered its own mass shooting on the same day eight years ago.

Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s shooting spree on Nov. 5, 2009, left 13 people dead and 32 wounded, making it the worst mass murder at a US military base.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is alleged to have demonstrated signs of tension and discontent prior to the shooting, according to the New York Times.

After being taken in alive, Hasan was convicted in 2013 by a military jury, which found him guilty of 45 counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder — one count for each of the 13 people he killed and the 32 he wounded or shot at.


Less than a week after his conviction, a panel of 13 senior military officers sentenced Hasan to death.

Hasan could be the first active-duty service member to be executed since 1961.

In 2014, Hasan wrote a letter to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi , requesting citizenship with the group.

Material from the New York Times was used in this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.