Fort Hood father reveals possible motive

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Friday, April 4, 2014 - 1:20pm

One of the sixteen people injured in that Fort Hood shooting on Wednesday, an Army Sergeant from Mississippi, C.J. Lemaster talked to the family of Army Sergeant Jonathan Westbrook who says he is in good condition, after being on the front lines of an attack he didn't expect.

For hours on Wednesday, Theodis Westbrook says he didn't know his son's fate, only that he had been shot.

He says he feared the worst, remembering the shooting rampage four and half years ago at Fort Hood, "Is it as bad? Is it as bad? If so, my son probably won't survive this."

Then Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook's sister managed to get through to him, Armetra Westbrook Otis, Soldier's Sister,  'I'm fine.' I said, 'I'm coming over there.' He said, 'You don't have to come over there. They have everything on lockdown. You can't come. I'm fine.' And the phone messed up. It went out. And so, I felt a little bit better because I heard his voice."

Theodis finally heard from his son at midnight on Thursday and from his son and other sources, he found out more about the sequence of events, "I could only imagine what my child was going through, to see somebody else get shot down and then realize the gun is coming at you next."

Theodis says he was told a soldier came to Fort Hood's personnel office, where Johathan worked, to get a leave form.

When one of the officers told the man to come back the next day to pick that form up, the man left, then returned with a gun and opened fire.

Theodis Westbrook, "The first guy he shot right in front of my son was killed, and then he turned the gun towards Jonathan, aimed it, and fired. I don't know how many times he fired, but he hit my son four times."

Theodis supported his son's service in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, but Wednesday's events cause him to question the security of U.S. military facilities

Theodis Westbrook, "The fact that he went to Afghanistan and could have lost his life in any number of ways over there, survive that, and then come back here and almost lose his life in a secure U.S. Army installation -- military installation. That's really hard to reconcile."
 

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