Fort Hood Shooting Victims, Families Sue The Government

Nearly 150 survivors and families of victims of the deadly shooting three years ago Monday at Fort Hood have filed suit against the government for refusing to classify the rampage as a terrorist act.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is still awaiting trial for the deadly shooting rampage. (Jail photo)

WASHINGTON (November 5, 2012)--On the third anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting rampage Monday, 148 survivors and family members of victims sued the U.S. government and seeking compensation over the attack in which an Army psychiatrist who is awaiting trial is charged.

The rampage on Nov., 5, 2009 at the post’s Soldier Readiness Center left 13 people dead and more than two-dozen others wounded.

The lawsuit alleges negligence by the government and claims the Department of Defense is avoiding legal and financial responsibility for the killings by classifying the shootings as "workplace violence" rather than as a terrorist attack.

The group also is suing the estate of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric who the victims say inspired Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan, to carry out the attack.

The two men exchanged e-mails before the shootings.

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