November 12, 2009
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NEWS RELEASE
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Release #: 20091112-03

III Corps & Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
Contact: Chris Haug or Tyler Broadway
Media Relations Office
(254) 287-0106/9993
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TRANSCRIPT OF CHRIS GREY STATEMENT AT NOON
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FORT HOOD, Texas- The following is a transcript of the statement made by Chris Grey, chief of public affairs, USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

CID PRESS CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION - MASS SHOOTING FORT HOOD - 12 NOV 2009

My Name is Chris Grey, chief of public affairs, USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

I will be providing you with an update concerning the Joint Task Force Investigation; led by U.S. Army CID, into the mass shooting at the Soldier Medical Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov 5.

Joining me today from your left to right is U.S. Army CID Special Agent Steven Downs who is heading up the Joint Task Force, FBI's on-scene commander, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Royce Curtin, Texas Ranger's On-Scene Commander Captain Kirby Dendy.

Before I start, I would like to thank members of the media for their patience and understanding as we work through this very traumatic event and complex investigation.

I will not be releasing any details today that we feel will jeopardize the ongoing criminal investigation or any future legal proceedings. The investigation remains ongoing. Let me reassure the American public, we are looking into every possible reason for this shooting, and we are aggressively following every possible lead. We are collecting, analyzing and disseminating to the appropriate agencies, all critical information pertaining to this case.

I have been informed that U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39 year old psychiatrist, assigned to the Darnell Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, has been charged with: 13 specifications of premeditated murder under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

These are initial charges and additional charges may be preferred in the future subject to the ongoing criminal investigation. A press packet is being distributed immediately following this press conference which will include general information explaining the legal process under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

It's important to remember that the preferral of charges is the first step in the court martial process and that a charge is merely an accusation. The accused is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty, and we have a duty and obligation to protect the Constitutional Rights of all involved.

Major Hasan has obtained legal representation. An accused Soldier has the right to be represented by civilian counsel at no cost to the government, and/or by detailed military counsel at no expense to the accused.

Any questions regarding Major Hasan's medical status should be directed to his attorney. Major Hasan remains hospitalized from injuries received when he was shot by two responding Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services Police Officers after he allegedly opened fire at the Soldier Medical Readiness Center on November 5.

Major Hasan is currently under pre-trial restriction while receiving medical care. We still believe that there was only one gunman at the scene involved in the actual shootings on November 5th. We do know that the suspect was not at the Readiness Center for any scheduled appointments or command-directed official activity.

Again, we are looking at every possible angle concerning this case. We are working very closely with numerous agencies to get a complete picture of the entire event, and we are fully sharing information to all appropriate agencies.

Earlier in the week, all autopsies of the deceased were completed by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner's Office.

Our investigation thus far indicates that two responding Police Officers, one male and one female, arrived at the scene and both engaged the armed suspect. I would caution anyone from drawing final conclusions concerning the actual engagement in terms of who did what, until all evidence is fully analyzed.

We also ask that you please be patient and understand the magnitude and complexity of the crime scene, and the related investigation pertaining to this mass shooting. The crime scene involves a very large area to include the inside of the Soldier Readiness Center. The center included offices, cubicles, and open areas where the shooting took place.

The crime scene also includes a large outside area that encompasses four adjacent buildings in close proximity to the Soldier Medical Readiness Center, as well as two large parking lots, and the entire surrounding area.

Highly trained experts have been working tirelessly to meticulously reconstruct and analyze all evidence at the scene. We have made visual inspections for bullet evidence of hundreds of vehicles that were parked in the general vicinity of the crime scene.

We have identified and completed critical investigative leads related to the shooting. Again, please understand that each of these leads requires careful examination, analysis and documentation – with some being more complex and time consuming than others.

Additionally, some of the witnesses are still receiving medical treatment and have not been able to speak with our agents. We have no estimated time of when the crime scene will be released. We are still conducting important investigative work: there to ensure we capture all pertinent evidence.

Again, Army CID would like to recognize the following agencies who have worked shoulder to shoulder with us on this case. The FBI, The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers, The ATF, The DHS, The Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services and the local police and sheriff’s
department's, first responders from: Killen Police Department, Temple Police Department, Harker Heights Police Department, Coryell County Sheriff’s Office as well as the entire greater Fort Hood Community.
Your outpouring of support has been very much appreciated.

Again, all law enforcement officials express our sincere condolences go to all who have been traumatized by this tragic incident, and to those who have lost their loved ones. In speaking for this Joint, Multi-Agency, Task Force, led by Army CID, I can assure you that we remain steadfast and committed to continue to do what has to be done, and to bring anyone and everyone responsible to justice.

Thank you -I will not be taking any questions at this time.

For more information, visit www.cid.army.mil.

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