Well, that didn’t take long:
Military prosecutors say they will charge Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder, a government official told NBC News.
An announcement will be made Thursday at a press conference at Fort Hood, officials said.
Hasan, 39, is accused of opening fire at Fort Hood’s crowded Soldiers Readiness Processing Center, where troops get medical checkups before deploying abroad. The rampage is described as one of the worst mass shootings on an American military base.
A civilian police officer is credited with stopping the gunman who killed 13 people and wounded 29 others.
Authorities decided to charge Hasan in a military court, officials said. Additional charges may be filed; however, the murder counts are the most serious of offenses, officials told NBC News.
It was not yet decided whether to charge Hasan with a 14th count of murder related to the death of the unborn child of a pregnant shooting victim.
Hasan will be eligible for the death penalty in a military court, although it’s worth noting that death penalty has not been imposed by a military court since 1961.