WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A U.S. official says up to eight Army officers could face punishment as the result of an inquiry into the case of the alleged Fort Hood shooter.
An official familiar with the Pentagon inquiry says it finds fault with five to eight supervisors who knew or should have known about the erratic behavior of the shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan.
The officers in question supervised Hasan as a medical student and during his early work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
According to officials, the officers overlooked or failed to act on red flags like lax work habits and Hasan's fixation on religion. The review also finds that despite professional failings, like missed or failed exams and physical fitness requirements, Hasan was passed along from office to office and job to job.
Hasan is accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in November.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to refer findings to the Army for further investigation and possible reprimand.
Speaking to reporters Friday Gates said he could not talk in detail about the review but says it shows "as a department we have not done enough to adapt to the evolving internal security threat" and raises serious questions about the military's ability to cope with security threats within its ranks.