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Frederick, Oklahoma Soldier Killed In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

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Jason Hunt and his niece [photo courtesy KSWO] Jason Hunt and his niece [photo courtesy KSWO]
Sources:  graduate of Tipton High School among 13 dead at Fort Hood. Sources: graduate of Tipton High School among 13 dead at Fort Hood.
Hunt was with the 1st Cavalry Unit 2-8 Infantry and was stationed at Fort Hood.  [photo courtesy KSWO] Hunt was with the 1st Cavalry Unit 2-8 Infantry and was stationed at Fort Hood. [photo courtesy KSWO]
Officials said the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was reported to be among the dead Thursday, but officials now say Hasan is alive and in custody. Officials said the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was reported to be among the dead Thursday, but officials now say Hasan is alive and in custody.

From Staff and Wire Reports

KILLEEN, TEXAS -- A 22-year-old soldier from Frederick, Oklahoma is one of the victims of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood at Killeen, Texas.  Oklahoma State flags will fly at half-mast Tuesday for Jason Dean Hunt, known as J.D.

Jason Dean Hunt from Frederick was one of the victims.  He graduated from Tipton High School.  Tipton is located near Altus in the southwest corner of the state.

Hunt was with the 1st Cavalry Unit 2-8 Infantry and was stationed at Fort Hood. 

His family says he'd been in the army since the Summer of 2006 and had served 15 months in Iraq.  He had gotten married two months ago. 

In addition to his wife, Hunt is survived by his mother and father, as well as a sister and a niece and nephew.  His sister says he was "the most kind-hearted person in the world."

Army officials blame the shooting on a military doctor facing deployment overseas.  They say he killed 13 people and left 28 wounded.

The shooting suspect was identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old from Virginia. Hasan was shot four times and was in critical condition, according to Colonel Ben Danner.

Immediately after the shootings army officials said Hasan was dead, but later in the evening said he was alive and in stable condition at a hospital, watched by a guard.

"His death is not imminent," said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood.  He offered no explanation for the mistake, other than to say there was confusion at the hospital.

The shooter used two pistols.  Three other people were questioned in the shooting but were released.

Authorities believe there was a single shooter.

The Islamic Council of Oklahoma, based in Edmond, has condemned the rampage.

"Oklahoma Muslims feel the loss of the murdered Ft. Hood soldiers deeply and strongly condemn this despicable act.  Thousands and thousands of Muslims have honorably served in the American military since the founding of this nation.  The victims of this Fort hood shooter are our compatriots, brothers and sisters in arms protecting this country.  We honor them and their families for their sacrifice.  We can only imagine that this was an act of illness because no cause, religious or political, is served by such a horrific deed."

The Islamic Society of Tulsa issued a statement as well.

"Tulsa Muslims send their heartfelt sympathy to the soldiers and their families who were victims of today's tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas. As Americans and as Muslims, we categorically condemn the shooting of the soldiers. We value the voluntary service of all who serve in the military and the sacrifices they make in defense of our country. No words can express the sadness we feel that Fort Hood's moment of celebration and graduation was destroyed in such a horrific way. We trust that a thorough and fair investigation will be pursued and that the responsible parties will be held accountable."

The Islamic Society of Great Oklahoma City also issued a statement condemning the shootings.

"The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer army that protects our nation," the statement read. "American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured."

State military officials had earlier said that nearly two-dozen Army soldiers and National Guard members from Oklahoma are safe following a deadly attack at Fort Hood in Texas.

Army officials say at least 13 people were killed and 28 injured when a gunman opened fire Thursday at the sprawling post in south-central Texas.

Lt. Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma National Guard says seven of nine Guard members at Fort Hood are part of the Warrior Transition Unit, which helps injured soldiers receive medical services.  Moss says the other two are assigned to a training detachment.

Fort Sill public affairs officer Nancy Elliott said 19 soldiers from the Oklahoma post and now at Fort Hood had been accounted for and are safe. 

Covering 339 square miles, Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States. Home to about 52,000 troops as of earlier this year, the sprawling base is located halfway between Austin and Waco.

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