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Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford Played Dead After Being Shot At Fort Hood

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In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013, file photo, retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford describes one of his wounds from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, at his home in Lillington, N.C. Nearly three dozen soldiers wounded in the deadly attack on the Texas Army post are facing the prospect of being approached and questioned in court by the man many witnesses have identified as the gunman: Maj. Nidal Hasan. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) | AP

FORT HOOD, Texas — 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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