The building where the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation occurred was torn down last week.
Fort Hood’s Directorate of Public Works demolished Building 42003 — a medical facility used as part of the Soldier Readiness Processing Center until Nov. 5, 2009. On that day, just after lunch, Nidal Hasan, then an Army major, went on a shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.
The area was fenced off and considered an active crime scene for years, pending the sentencing of the shooter. In August, Hasan was found guilty and sentenced to death. He is currently housed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
After private deliberations on how to handle the demolition, Fort Hood officials announced it hours after it happened Feb. 18.
“Out of respect for the families, this was a private event,” said Chris Haug, Fort Hood spokesman.
All other buildings in the area will soon return to normal operations of processing soldiers to deploy or return home.
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