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Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Sought High-tech Gun

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 11:31 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas — A gun store clerk says the Army psychiatrist accused in last year's Fort Hood shooting rampage asked to be sold the "most high tech handgun" just months before the deadly attack.

Frederick Brannon of Killeen, Texas, told a military court Thursday that Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased the FN Five-seven pistol on Aug. 1, 2009.

Brannon says Hasan used his cell phone to record a demonstration of how to load and assemble the firearm. He says Hasan bought extra magazines that he said he would load while watching TV because he didn't want to waste time loading them at the shooting range.

Hasan, a 40-year-old American-born Muslim, faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the Nov. 5 attack at the Texas Army post.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A hearing to determine if the Army psychiatrist accused in last year's mass shooting at Fort Hood should be tried on multiple murder charges has resumed with prosecutors expected to wind up presentation of their evidence.

Attorneys for Maj. Nidal Hasan, a 40-year-old American-born Muslim, haven't said if they will also call witnesses at the Article 32 hearing continuing Thursday. The hearing is in its second week.

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the attacks last November at a medical processing complex at the Texas Army post.

Lt. Col. James Pohl, the investigating officer presiding over the hearing, has heard testimony from dozens of soldiers wounded during the attack.

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