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Posted: Monday, November 9, 2009 12:00 pm

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD – Sixteen of the soldiers who sustained gunshot wounds Thursday were still in local hospitals – seven in intensive care units and nine in wards.

Fort Hood officials are preparing for a Tuesday memorial service to honor the 13 who were killed in the attack. President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend the memorial, though few details about the service and his visit have been released. The men and women will be honored like soldiers killed in action, Col. (promotable) John Rossi, Fort Hood deputy commander for fires, said Sunday at Fort Hood.

"These heroes will be treated the same way," he added.

The colonel also gave an update on shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, saying he was in critical but stable condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The investigation into last week's shooting is well under way and agents from the FBI and Criminal Investigation Division have conducted more than 200 interviews. Rossi asked for anyone who could contribute information regarding the investigation to contact officials.

Investigators are looking for any "military or civilian personnel who may have left the scene in the vicinity of Building 42003 with gunshot damage such as damaged privately owned vehicles, personnel clothing, etc.," according to a release from Fort Hood.

The Criminal Investigation Division is also seeking anyone who may have left the scene with anything that "could be used as firearms residue-related evidence such as shell casings inside the boot."

That evidence will help investigators in bullet trajectory analysis of the scene, according to the release. Soldiers or civilians with gunshot-damaged items must have them inspected by their supervisors or chains of command.

Call (254) 287-2722 to report any information.

Meanwhile, Soldier Readiness Processing is being moved to a different site so operations can resume, Rossi said. Thursday's shooting will have no slowdown or impact on scheduled deployments, he added.

Fort Hood officials are set to give another briefing on the incident at noon today.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at (254) 501-7547 or astair@kdhnews.com.

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