2007 picture of Nidal Malik Hasan
2007 picture of Nidal Malik Hasan
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Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Suspect in Fort Hood Shootings, Conscious and Able to Talk

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of shooting to death 12 soldiers and a civilian here at Fort Hood, is conscious and able to talk, officials at an Army hospital in Texas said Monday. But they declined to say whether Major Hasan had been interviewed by Army or law-enforcement investigators.

Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired off more than 100 rounds Thursday at a soldier processing center before civilian police shot him in the torso. He was taken into custody and eventually moved to an Army hospital in San Antonio, where he was in stable condition and able to talk, said Dewey Mitchell, a Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman.

Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in the shootings, but they won't say when charges would be filed and have said they have not determined a motive. A spokesman for Army investigators did not immediately respond to calls and e-mails seeking comment Monday.