Investigators Probe Suspected Fort Hood Shooter
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
Dina, good morning.
DINA TEMPLE: Good morning.
INSKEEP: And what's the latest?
TEMPLE: Well, this weekend the accused shooter, Major Hasan was taken off a respirator, and law enforcement officials are telling NPR that he's been coming in and out of consciousness and he's made some attempts to talk. And still, he's in no condition to be interviewed and ultimately, that's what investigators are hoping for, to actually talk to him about what happened.
INSKEEP: So until he talks, people have to rely on the statements of those who know him, or knew him, and I suppose one theory here is whether he had some kind of extremist views.
TEMPLE: And one official told me that these kind of jihadist connections that they're looking for, if they had actually been there, they would have found them by now. They have his computer, they have his neighbor's computer, and they haven't found any of those kinds of connections. And officials said, as a general matter, when you've look for these kinds of connections, they pop up really quickly. So the fact that they haven't, they think, is meaningful.
INSKEEP: Meaning that they can rule out that this was a terrorist attack or at least connected to a terrorist group?
TEMPLE: And something else that came out is that he also apparently went to a mosque in Virginia where several of the 9/11 attackers attended. But right now, investigators are telling us they're seeing that as more of a coincidence than something dispositive.
INSKEEP: So if you're an investigator, you look at his computer, you talk to people who know him, you wait for him to regain enough consciousness to make some kind of statement if he will. What else do investigators do?
TEMPLE: And Major Hasan apparently sold all his furniture just days before the shooting. Now, he wasn't supposed to ship out for weeks, so investigators are looking into whether he sold all the furniture because he knew he wouldn't come back from this attack.
INSKEEP: Dina, thanks very much.
TEMPLE: You're welcome.
INSKEEP: That's NPR's Dina Temple-Raston with the latest on the shooting and the investigation of that shooting at Fort Hood.
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