Tighter security at Fort Hood after deadly rampage

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Posted: Nov 09, 2009 1:55 PM

Routine daily visits by the public at Fort Hood, Texas, have been suspended as the post tightens security following a deadly shooting spree.

Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the post commander, said Monday that the sprawling base "cannot become a battlefield."

Cone says Fort Hood, where 13 people were fatally shot and at least 29 were wounded when a gunman opened fire Thursday, is continuing to examine the threat.

Cone says elevated security measures are largely a means of reassurance to the population. The public had been allowed to visit the base between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was shot by civilian police and remains hospitalized in San Antonio. A hospital spokesman says Hasan is now able to talk.