Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times by Nidal Hasan in the attack at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Alonzo Lunsford was working inside
the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas on the morning of November 5,
2009 when his life changed forever. The now-retired Staff Sergeant recalls
meeting Major Nidal Hasan before that fateful day. In fact, Lunsford came in
contact with Hasan the morning of the shooting, just minutes before the Army
psychiatrist opened fire in one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history.
"I recognized him, he recognized me, and I felt
everything was fine," Lunsford said in an interview. "Then after lunch, the
whole world changed."
Lunsford says Hasan sat inside the readiness center with
his head in his hands for several minutes. He walked over to a civilian worker,
and told her she was wanted in another area. Then came the words "Allahu Akbar",
and Lunsford saw Hasan start shooting.
Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times by Hasan in the
attack. Four years later, he is mostly blind in his left eye, has mobility
issues because of his injuries, and he suffers from post-traumatic stress
disorder. Lunsford is leading the effort to have the U.S. Army and the Department of
Defense officially classify the Fort Hood incident as a "terrorist attack", to
make survivors eligible for additional benefits they cannot receive at this