FORT HOOD, Texas -- A civilian nurse and two soldiers barricaded themselves into her office at the Fort Hood Army post to protect themselves from a gunman who had opened fire in the building, a military court heard Tuesday.
In a recording of a 911 call made during the Nov. 5 shooting rampage, Regina Huseman's description of the events unfolding outside her office are punctuated by the sound of gunfire and muffled cries for help.
"He's coming back in, he's got all of us! He's still walking around .... I don't know where he is," the clearly terrified Huseman can be heard saying on the tape that was played at the Article 32 hearing.
The hearing will determine if Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan should stand trial. He is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the worst mass shooting at an American military base.
Once the shooting ended Huseman, the head nurse at the center, emerged from her office and surveyed the devastation wrought at the center where soldiers undergo medical tests before deployment.
"Oh my God, there are about 15 down, probably more than that," she said on the call.
The operator asked if the gunman was dead.
"I don't know, but I have got to start helping these people," Huseman said.
The nurse wiped away tears as she told the court how she walked around inside the building, checking for signs of life among the bodies on the floor and one slumped on a chair.
Huseman is the 40th witness to testify at the hearing. More soldiers and the two Fort Hood police officers credited with taking the gunman down are expected to testify.
Witnesses at the hearing have repeatedly pointed to Hasan as the bald, clean shaven major in Army combat uniform who shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- "God is great!" in Arabic -- then opened fired on unarmed military and civilian personnel in the crowded building.
Hasan, a 40-year-old American-born Muslim, is paralyzed from the waist down from the police gunfire that ended the onslaught.
At some point after the hearing, Col. James L. Pohl, the investigating officer in the case, will recommend whether Hasan should go to trial. That decision -- and whether the Army will seek the death penalty -- ultimately will be made by Fort Hood's commanding general.
Hasan remains jailed. There is no bail in the military justice system.