SPOKANE, Wash. - A former soldier from Post Falls recently testified in the trial of the accused Fort Hood shooter, a doctor who admittedly opened fire on U.S. soldiers.
Witnesses in court described the horror of what happened outside the Texas medical building in 2009 where Major Nidal Hasan shot unarmed soldiers.
One of those shot during the rampage was George Stratton III from Post Falls. Stratton suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
Stratton has a gag order imposed by the court so he could not talk about the case, but his father spoke his mind when asked about Hasan.
“What a pathetic weak little man--that's what he looks like now,” said George Stratton, Jr.
George Stratton III was a private in 2009 when he was sitting in the medical building and Hasan burst in and started shooting people. In 2009 the younger Stratton told KREM 2 News the gunman spotted him and opened fire. Pvt. Stratton survived, but 13 other people died.
The elder Smith described his son’s testimony.
“He did a really good job,” said Stratton, Jr. “He recalled everything and where people were sitting and where the shooter was and things that went on while he was in there.”
Stratton, Jr. also watched his son come face to face with Hassan.
“It was tough on him. As soon as we were done he wanted to get out of Fort Hood so we left,” said Stratton, Jr.
Pvt. Stratton was discharged from the Army in 2012.