Ft. Hood Shooting Survivor Shares His Story

By: KWTX.COM Email
By: KWTX.COM Email

KILLEEN (November 11, 2009)-Fort Hood shooting victim, Spc. Logan Burnette, 24, shared his story of survival Wednesday morning from Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.

Burnette said he was sitting in the Soldier Readiness Center last Thursday when a gunman now identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan walked in, shouted, "Allahu Akbar!" and then began firing into the crowd.

The Arabic phrase translates to mean "God is great" in English.

Burnette said he threw a chair at the gunman, who then fired, striking Burnette in the hip and abdomen.

One bullet remained lodged in Burnette's hip.

Burnette escape to a nearby building where EMS workers treated him and then transported him to Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.

Because he was still recovering from his injuries, Burnette was not able to attend Tuesday's memorial service on post.

An emotional Burnette said Wednesday the gunman was "swift" and "precise" in his shooting.

He downplays his own actions, saying, "There were a lot of heroes that day."

He's scheduled to be transferred to San Antonio later Wednesday to continue his recovery.

Once he's gone, Fort Hood civilian police Sgt. Kimberly Munley will be the only injured survivor of the shooting still at Metroplex.

She and another officer, Mark Todd, are credited with shooting Hasan and ending the rampage.

Munley was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Hasan.

Todd was not injured.

Hasan, meanwhile, remains under guard at Brooke Army Medical Center.

He has an attorney, but has directed the hospital not to release any information about his condition.

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