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Ft. Hood survivor has N.C. roots
Injured sergeant is JCSU alumnus, Rockingham native
 
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2009 4:42 pm
by Herbert L. White

One of the survivors of last week’s deadly shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, is a Johnson C. Smith University alumnus.

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Army Staff Sergeant Al Lunsford, a Johnson C. Smith University alumnus, was wounded during the Nov. 5 attack at Fort Hood, Texas.


Army Staff Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford, 43, of Rockingham was shot twice in the stomach and once in the head during the Nov. 5 attack. Lunsford, a 19-year veteran, is in stable condition at Scott White Hospital in Temple, Texas, where he is alert and taking visitors. A bullet grazed Lunsford’s head and part of his colon was removed.


The alleged gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center of Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. Hasan, a psychiatrist, was shot and critically wounded by civilian police officer Kimberly Munley, who was also wounded during the exchange.


Lunsford, who was standing 3 feet away from Hasan during the attack, was shot trying to shield fellow soldiers.
"I looked him right in the eyes, and he looked at me. There was nothing there," Lunsford recounted in media reports.  "I began pushing everyone out of the way when I felt the gunshots. "It all happened so fast."


Lunsford attended JCSU from 1984-88 and played basketball at the school.


“When I first heard what happened to him, it was just mind boggling,” JCSU basketball coach Steve Joyner said in a statement. Joyner coached Lunsford for one season. “Truthfully I was at a loss for words. Thankfully, we have received word that he was just injured and is recovering, instead of it being fatal in his case. The entire JCSU family and I wish Al a strong, speedy recovery.”

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