Soldier played dead after being shot at Fort Hood

NOMAAN MERCHANT, PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press
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Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford describes one of his wounds from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, at his home in Lillington, N.C. on June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford describes one of his wounds from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, at his home in Lillington, N.C. on June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier who was repeatedly shot during the Fort Hood shooting rampage says he played dead before realizing the gunman might notice he was sweating.

Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford testified Tuesday during the opening day of the trial for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people.

Alonzo told jurors he panicked when he saw Hasan was holding a weapon inside a building where soldiers were preparing to deploy in November 2009.

Alonzo says he tried to appear dead after being shot, then later decided to flee because, “dead men don’t sweat.”

He says soldiers were trying to push their way out of a double-door exit, but one door was locked shut, so it created a bottleneck.

Hasan, who is representing himself, didn’t cross examine Lunsford.

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