Ft. Hood inquiry includes supervisors

Associated Press / January 15, 2010

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WASHINGTON - A Pentagon inquiry into the Fort Hood shooting could lead to punishment of up to eight Army officers, a US official said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to refer findings on the officers to the Army for further inquiry and possible punishment.

An official familiar with a Pentagon inquiry said it finds fault with five to eight supervisors who knew or should have known about shortcomings and erratic behavior of the shooting suspect, Major Nidal Hasan. He is accused of killing 13 people in the rampage at the Army base in Texas in November.

The officers supervised Hasan when he was a medical student and during his early work as an Army psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The official described the confidential report on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public.