Military Court Hears Fort Hood Shooting 911 Call

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A terrified civilian worker begged a 911 dispatcher for help as gunfire and screams rang out during a deadly 2009 rampage at Fort Hood.

The recording of the phone call was played today at a hearing at the Central Texas post to decide if an Army psychiatrist accused in the attack should stand trial.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Medical technician Michelle Harper testified that she was working at Fort Hood's processing center when gunfire erupted Nov. 5. Harper says she hid under a desk after a soldier in front of her was shot three times -- and that she could only see the shooter's slow, deliberate footsteps around the center as the tragedy unfolded.

Harper is heard telling the dispatcher: "Hurry, hurry, hurry please." The recording was peppered with the sound in the background of gunshots, the moans of injured victims and people yelling for help.

The dispatcher tried to reassure her, saying: "They're on the way, sweetheart."

Earlier, a sergeant who lost most of his eyesight after being shot five times in the attack testified he saw Hasan pull out a weapon and start firing.