Biography of Nidal Hasan, suspect in shooting at Fort Hood

Saturday, November 7, 2009

-- 39 years old.

-- Born in Arlington County. Raised primarily in southwestern Virginia, where he graduated from William Fleming High School in Roanoke. Also attended Arlington's Wakefield High School for a year.

-- U.S. Army psychiatrist.

-- Graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995, receiving a bachelor's degree in biochemistry with honors and minors in biology and chemistry. Had previously studied at Barstow Community College in California and Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, where he earned an associate degree in science in 1992.

-- Entered the Bethesda campus of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1997. Graduated in 2003 as a medical doctor.

-- From 2003 through last summer, was an intern, a resident and then a fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District.

-- Transferred to Fort Hood this summer.

-- Enlisted in the Army after high school. Commissioned as a captain, he was promoted to major in May.

-- Was awaiting deployment to Afghanistan, which was to be his first Army service overseas.

-- Single with no children. No signs of physical or mental problems in examinations as recently as September.

-- Listed by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress as a fellow for disaster and preventive psychology.

-- As of Oct. 13, had less than a year of clinical practice.

-- Attended the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and is devout, according to Faizul Khan, former imam at the center. Attended prayers at least once a day, seven days a week, often in his Army fatigues, Khan said.

-- Both parents dead, buried in Falls Church. Has two brothers: one in Sterling and the other in Jerusalem.

SOURCES: Army records and officials, Virginia high school and university officials, Uniformed Services University officials, Washington Post staff writers

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