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In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, right, speaks to Investigating Officer Col. James L. Pohl, center, while Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, left, listens during Hasan’s Article 32 hearing inside the U.S. Magistrate court Tuesday at Fort Hood, Texas. Pat Lopez / AP

A sergeant shot five times during last year’s rampage at Fort Hood said Wednesday he recalled lying on the floor and locking eyes with Maj. Nidal Hasan after the Army psychiatrist cried out “Allahu Akbar” and unleashed a burst of gunfire into a crowd of soldiers preparing for deployment.

Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford said the light from a laser-guided weapon soon trained on him, and he closed his eyes.
Lunsford, who lost most of the sight in his left eye in the attack, was the first in a long line of victims who will come face-to-face with Hasan at a military hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial.

Hasan, 40, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 Fort Hood attack — the worst mass shooting at an American military base.
Lunsford testified that Hasan pulled weapons from his Army combat uniform and shouted “God is Great,” in Arabic.

“I was wondering why he would say ‘Allahu Akbar.'” Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford said. He illustrated the pace of the subsequent round of gunfire by rapping his fist on the witness stand.

Source: Angela K. Brown and Michael Graczyk for the Associated Press.

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