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Army medic shot six times at Fort Hood shares his story

Posted April 12, 2011
Updated April 13, 2011

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— An Army sergeant who survived six gunshot wounds in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that killed 13 people shared his story as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who serves as a medic at Fort Bragg, was on a temporary detachment to Fort Hood, Texas, two years ago when the volley of shots, allegedly fired by Major Nidal Hasan, rang out, striking 44 people at the Soldier Readiness Center, where military personnel receive medical treatment before and after deployment.

Lunsford said he was just eight feet from Hasan.

"He got up and he went to the front of our building where I was checking people in, and he yelled 'Allah Akbar,' and that's when he pulled out his weapon and started discharging his weapon inside our building," Lunsford said.

Army medic shot six times at Fort Hood shares his story Army medic shot six times at Fort Hood shares his story

The shooting left him blind in one eye.

"The first bullet went in above my left eye. It went between my brain and my skull, and exited out my left ear," he said. "I turned, took two steps and fell to the floor."

He endured months of grueling rehabilitation, but he lived to tell his story.

"Did it alter my life? Yes. But the way I look at it, by it being a life-altering traumatic experience, I turned a tragedy into a triumph," he said.

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  • Eduardo1 Apr 13, 2011

    Well are we ever going to see a trial for the "ALLEGED" Ft Hood murderer?
    I know you have to use the word "alleged", even though we have loads of witnesses.
    So what is holding up the trial? Is this another attempt to have it the closer we get to the next election?

    good posting, 2old2soon

  • Always160 Apr 13, 2011

    It was an honor to meet him and shake his hand. He is a tremendous speaker with a fantastic outlook on life!

  • davido Apr 13, 2011

    2old2soon: Why when I called Senators Burr's office about this and said to his D.C. rep "instead of discriminating against American Children and their GrandMa's, why don't we discriminate against Muslims?

    Well, the fact is that al qaeda is recruiting people who look like your grandma. The theater that is our current TSA is pretty ridiculous and adds very little to our security. Based on your identity, assuming this can be verified, they should already know by the time you get to security if you are a risk. But for now the follies continue...

  • davido Apr 13, 2011

    This guy is Superman!

  • seriouslyrevoked Apr 13, 2011

    How many more incidents like this will it take before we see the obvious fact that Islam is incompatible with a liberal civil society? Did you see the photo of the blond little girl having her crouch groped by a TSA agent? Our airports check for devices rather than those who most likely would carry them onto a plane. Why? Why when I called Senators Burr's office about this and said to his D.C. rep "instead of discriminating against American Children and their GrandMa's, why don't we discriminate against Muslims? To my shock he came back with the Mcveigh was a Christian argument. So even so called conservatives are not immune to the suicidal liberalism of today. People like those at Fort Hood are expendable, General Casey said"as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." O'bama will not say he word terrorist or Jihadist, so in the pc world we all must live down the rabbit hole. God help us for we will not help ourselves.

  • u stand corrected Apr 13, 2011

    God bless you.

  • busterbluth Apr 13, 2011

    Fantastic he has a positive outlook on life. God Bless him!

  • nboblitz Apr 13, 2011

    Glad he is still with us

  • mego Apr 13, 2011

    I'm glad to know that he is doing so well under the circumstances that he has had to deal with. He is a prime example that miracles do happen and he must have one heck of a guardian angel on his side. I wish his nothing, but the best in life.

  • Always160 Apr 13, 2011

    I can't wait to hear him speak this morning but he isn't speaking in Fayetteville. He's speaking in Raleigh at the Crime Victim's Memorial Garden at 11:00am.

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