FORT HOOD — Prosecutors presented a second 911 call today in court giving an account of the confusion surrounding the first reports of the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting on post.
A 911 operator repeatedly asked Monday's first witness, nurse Shemeka Hairston, to give the location of the shooting. Cries, whimpers and the repeated pops of gunshots could be heard as Hairston huddled under a desk at the processing center where the shooting began.
"Oh God, help me," Hairston said as the operator repeatedly asked her the location of the shooting.
Her testimony opened the fifth day of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan's capital murder trial. The 42-year-old Army psychiatrist could face the death penalty if convicted.
Hairston cried as the the prosecution played an audio recording of the call. She later told the jury at one point she opened her eyes and saw a soldier stand up during a pause in the gunshots.
"His eyes got big and he fell," she told the court.
Hairston's sobs could be heard in a hallway outside of the courtroom after her testimony ended. She was the first of 10 witnesses that have testified so far today.
The court heard from seven victims, who were shot between one and four times each.
One of the victims, retired Lt. Col. Randy Lee Royer suffered a gunshot to his leg that broke his femur a few inches above the knee. Royer required the assistance of a cane as he walked to the stand.
He told the court how he hid in a cubicle while the shooting took place. Unable to walk, he remained in the soldier processing center during the entire shooting.
When it was over, he said the building had gotten "deathly quiet."
"I could see the blood, the crumpled uniforms I assumed were soldiers," Royer said. "It was carnage."
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