Jeff grad injured in 2009 Ft. Hood shooting speaks on latest incident

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette Jeff graduate was one of 31 injured in the last attack at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009.

Sgt. Nathan Hewitt, a corporal at the time, was getting vaccinations before being deployed to Afghanistan when he was shot in the calf. A bullet also grazed his hip.

Hewitt, a 2000 graduate of Lafayette Jeff, is now stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia with his wife and stepson.

He was at work all day and didn’t hear about Wednesday’s shooting until his brother called in the evening while he was at the gym.

“It brought back a few memories. I had a couple of friends who were still there. So, I gave them a call, got a hold of them to make sure they were okay,” said Sgt. Hewitt. “I mean, I’m wondering how something like that can happen twice, especially on the same base.”

Hewitt said the 2009 shooting seems more like a distant memory that he tries to keep in the past.

After more than 13 years in the Army, including two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, he said he plans to get out soon and go back to school to work on his degree.

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