Second Fort Hood, Texas, Attack Thwarted

Lives were saved thanks to a vigilant and quick-thinking gun store owner.

On Tuesday, 21-year-old AWOL U.S. serviceman Pfc. Nasser Jason Abdo showed up to Guns Galore near Fort Hood, Texas -- the same gun store where Major Nidal Hassan bought his weapons in Fort Hood's deadly 2009 shooting --  in a taxi and paid cash for smokeless gunpowder (although he had to ask the store manager what smokeless gunpowder was), shotgun shells and a semi-automatic pistol. The store owner Greg Ebert and his store manager became suspicious and called the Kileen, Texas, police department, who quickly apprehended Abdo and turned him over to the FBI.

According to CNN, after his visit to the gun store, Abdo purchased a Fort Hood military uniform at a surplus store. Later, the FBI found gunpowder, shotgun shells, a pressure cooker, 18 pounds of sugar, four magazines and ammunition in his hotel room.

Authorities say Abdo has admitted to planning an attack at the Fort Hood base.

If not for Ebert, another tragedy may have unfolded at Fort Hood.


Posted by Sherleen Mahoney on Jul 28, 2011

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