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Wisconsin Soldiers at Ft. Hood Safe

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(4/3/14) Wisconsin soldiers appear to have escaped the wrath of yesterday's shooting spree at Fort Hood.

 The state's National Guard said 30 members of the 32nd Infantry combat team are all safe, after an Iraq War veteran with a mental illness opened fire in a building at the Texas base.  The Guard soldiers are from throughout Wisconsin.  They've been training since February for a mission in Afghanistan.  Officials said the gunman killed three people and wounded 16 others before turning the gun on himself.  Fort Hood is the same place where 13 soldiers were killed and 32 were wounded in a 2009 shooting spree.  Wisconsin figured heavily in that tragedy, as two members of a Madison unit were killed and six other state residents survived.  One of those wounded, Dorothy Carskadon of Madison, tells W-K-O-W T-V she has a "sad heart" after yesterday's shootings -- and she hopes the injured survivors are taken care of quickly.  Carskadon is now a team leader at the Vet Center in Madison.  She said she has fully recovered from the injuries she suffered in the 2009 attack, in which shooter Nidal Hasan was convicted and ordered to get the death penalty.

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