Unless you were actively avoiding the news yesterday afternoon, you know there was a horrifying shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. At a medical processing center where soldiers check in before and after deployment, 13 people (12 soldiers and one civilian) were killed and an additional 28 were wounded. While some speculated that there were two gunmen, reports now say there was one—Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist (yeah, that’s insanely twisted) who recently found out he was being sent to Afghanistan. While some witnesses say he yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) while shooting, most seem to think his motivation was opposition to the war.
This morning, General Bob Cone released the name of the police officer who took down Hasan. Her name is Kimberly Munley, and judging by her picture, she must be under 30. Munley and her partner arrived on the scene within three minutes, and ran into the building, where Munley met Hasan head-on as he came around a corner. The two exchanged gunfire and Munley shot him four times before she fell. She was also hit, but is now in stable condition. “It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer,” Cone said. Go Kimberly—we applaud you for your bravery and for preventing more fatalities. We hope you recover soon and that Hollywood gets on your biopic, stat. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »