Sgt. may join suit in Fort Hood shooting
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Herald staff writer
An active-duty staff sergeant wounded in the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting at Fort Hood is planning to join a large civil suit seeking to classify the shooting as a terrorist act.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler and his wife, Jessica Zeigler, will likely join 105 co-plaintiffs next week in a federal civil suit that claims government negligence played a significant role in the shooting.
Accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly shot Zeigler four times during the massacre at the post’s Soldier Readiness Center. A gunshot to his head temporarily paralyzed Zeigler and led to a long and arduous recovery.
The lawsuit claims the government could have prevented the shooting had agents acted upon intelligence indicating that Hasan had become a violent Islamic extremist.
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