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Jan 15, 2010 9:36 AM by Associated Press

US official: Officers may get punished in base rampage case

A US official says a Pentagon inquiry into the case of the alleged Fort Hood shooter could lead to punishment of up to eight Army officers.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to refer findings on the officers to the Army for further inquiry and possible punishment.

An official familiar with a Pentagon inquiry says it finds fault with five to eight supervisors who knew or should have known about shortcomings and erratic behavior of the shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan. He is accused of killing 13 people in the rampage at the Texas Army base in November.

The officers supervised Hasan when he was a medical student and during his early work as an Army psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The official described the confidential report on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public.

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