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Austin Forensic Expert Analyzes Fort Hood Shootings

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Published on Aug 9, 2013

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Thursday is day three of the trial of admitted Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan. Several soldiers wounded in the 2009 shooting rampage testified today. Hasan did not cross examine them. The military psychiatrist is charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 others at Fort Hood. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.




The Hasan trial has a strong tie to Austin. Forensic expert Louis Akin was hired by the U.S. Army to reconstruct the crime scene for Hasan's military defense team. Akin got his first glimpse of the Fort Hood crime scene a week after the mass shooting on November 5, 2009.
Everything was pristine. It was exactly as it happened when people left the building, said Akin.
Akin followed blood trails, measured bullet trajectories and interviewed 240 witnesses. But, it was listening to the 911 tapes, over and over again, that Akin eventually couldn't shake.
I walked into the scene and I looked at it and I could hear the shooting and screaming. And it really threw me. It really threw me. So I had to back up and take a breath. That was a very bad experience, said Akin.
But, the evidence revealed something else.
There was great heroism in that scene, said Akin.
Bravery that was no match for the FN 5.7 semi-automatic pistol. Akin is a ballistics expert who says this is the AK47 of handguns.
It's the perfect weapon for doing something this terrible, said Akin.
It lets you fire thirty times before you need to change the clip.
It takes seconds to reload and the effect of that would be that if somebody was waiting for you to run out of ammunition so they could charge, they never would really get that chance because you would reload so fast, said Akin.
Evidence from Fort Hood shows several people tried to stop the shooter, but couldn't get close enough, fast enough.
I was amazed at the way some of these men and women reacted to the shooting going on, to the point that you would just like to go up and hug 'um, said Akin.
It's an emotional response from a man who deals with the science of crime scenes. But, he says he'll quit if he ever stops having a human reaction to these displays of inhumanity.By Bettie Cross

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