RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you think today's shooting spree on Ft. Hood was an act of terrorism, the suspect's cousin in northern Virginia says "think again." He claims Major Malik Nadal Hasan was pushed over the edge by the same government he had sworn to protect.
Nadal Hasan was born in Virginia, to Muslim parents and lived at various times all over the state. He graduated from Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and graduated with a degree in biochemistry. The military was always part of his plan but according to his cousin in northern Virginia, the September 11 attacks changed everything.
"It was the harassment that got to him, him being referenced from his Middle Eastern ethnicity even though he was born and raised here and went to high school in northern Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia and went to Virginia Tech," said Nader Hasan, cousin of suspected shooting suspect.
By the time he moved to this apartment complex in Maryland and began his internship at Walter Reed Army Hospital, things only got worse. But then a move to Ft. Hood made life in the military intolerable.
"He hired a military attorney to try to have the issue resolved pay back to the government to get out of the military. That was it. He was at the end of trying everything to try to make everybody fair and reasonable him get out of the situation so I am really shocked," said Nader.
The cousin said that he and his family are just learning today that Nadal was set to be deployed to the Middle East, something he calls his cousin's worst fear.