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Soldier played dead after being shot at Fort Hood

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NOMAAN MERCHANT and PAUL J. WEBER | August 6, 2013 05:50 PM EST | 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.

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

Lunsford 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.