ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - In the U.S. Army, most days are far
But for Staff Sgt. Kyle Puckett, Nov. 5 started out as "fairly
routine" at Fort Hood, Texas. Puckett, 30, was just about to take
a break from his duties as a mental health NCO to grab some lunch
after a busy week of processing between 300 and 400 soldiers
through his office.
Within seconds, his plans changed, lives were lost and chaos
broke out on the post. Puckett heard gun fire. Then he heard it
again and again.
"I can't tell you how many shots I heard," said Puckett, who
once lived in Hardin County and has family here. "It was bang,
bang, bang, bang, bang. And it kept going."
When the shooting ceased on that Thursday, the worst mass
shooting at a military post in the United States had ended. More
than a dozen people had died and more than two dozen were injured.
Puckett, a 12-year Army veteran, said the accused shooter, Army
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, walked by his office, fired three rounds at
the door and then kept running.