Killeen: Former mayor remembers 2009 Fort Hood shooting

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) It was a day to celebrate accomplishments on Fort Hood as then-Killeen Mayor Timothy Hancock and his family were on post for a graduation.

Former Killeen mayor Timothy Hancock remembers 2009 shooting.

“My wife and I had just entered Fort Hood on our way to a graduation ceremony that was in a theater," Hancock said.

That day on Nov. 5, 2009, would end in darkness. Around 1:20 p.m., reports of shots fired were heard. Hancock says a security guard is the first to break the news inside.

“We were told to stay inside. We didn’t know how many shooters there were our how many people had been hurt and to what extent that had been hurt," he said.

The theater goes on lockdown as images from Fort Hood make their way to television, including live wall-to-wall coverage from KWTX with Gordon Collier and Julie Hays.

Hancock says it would be hours before an all-clear was given. The aftermath of the deadly shooting was complete devastation with 13 killed and more than 30 others injured.

“For this to happen on Fort Hood in the States, you couldn’t help but have some type of emotion about it," Hancock said. "How could this happen on Fort Hood?”

After the shooting, the City of Killeen and its staff answered the call to help Fort Hood, not only providing resources but helping the soldiers, civilians and their families.

“Our response and feeling were we would provide whatever assistance that we were asked to provide and that’s what we always stand ready to do," Hancock added.