Shooting suspect’s superiors questioned behavior

(AP) – A group of doctors overseeing Nidal Malik Hasan’s medical training discussed concerns about his overly zealous religious views and strange behavior months before the Army major was accused of a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 29 wounded.

The revelations about the concerns that Hasan’s superiors had before sending him to Fort Hood come amid a growing debate over what warning signs the military and law enforcement officials might have missed before last week’s massacre.


Officials involved at various times in the meetings about Hasan included John Bradley, Walter Reed’s chief of psychiatry; Scott Moran, Walter Reed’s psychiatric residency program director; Robert Ursano, chairman of the Uniformed Services University’s psychiatry department; Charles Engel, the university’s assistant chair of psychiatry, and David Benedek, an associate professor of psychiatry at the university.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has found no evidence that Hasan formally sought release from the Army as a conscientious objector or for any other reason, two senior military officials told The Associated Press. Family members have said he wanted to get out of the Army and had sought legal advice, suggesting that Hasan’s anxiety as a Muslim over his pending deployment overseas might have been a factor in the deadly rampage.

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