Fort Hood shooting dredges up pain for 2009 shooting victims and families

PFC Amber Bahr
PFC Amber Bahr

The Fort Hood shooting is the second deadly attack at the army post in five years.

Back in 2009, 13 people were killed and 30 injured. Nidal Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death.

A Wisconsin native that was injured in that attack says she was on her way home from the grocery store Wednesday.

That's when her neighbor sent her a text. It said there was another shooting at Fort Hood.

"My heart literally just stopped. I tried to get home as fast I could to turn on the news," said Amber Bahr, who now goes by her married name of Amber Gadlin.

As she watched the news on television, Gadlin was overcome with emotions.

"I just started hyperventilating, and I started shaking really bad and I just started crying," said Gadlin.

The Random Lake native was shot in the back in the 2009 attack.

Gadlin says at first, she couldn't believe it happened again.

"I was like no that can't be true. It's gotta be something else," Gadlin said.

Gadlin says while she watched the news of another massacre at Fort Hood, basically everything that happened in the 2009 shooting was going through her head.

"All the memories and all the thoughts just came rushing back," she explained.

Her mother, Lisa Pfund, says Wednesday's shooting was difficult for her as well.

"It was like I was reliving it over again. After seeing the word 'Fort Hood' on TV and 'shooting,'" said Pfund.

Both say that makes it harder to heal.

"Every day I get a step closer to being, you know, I guess I'll never be normal again, but as close as I can be to what I was before the shooting. And so this happening again, it basically just puts me back to square one," Gadlin said.

While Gahdlin survived four gunshot wounds, Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger of Kiel was among the 13 killed in the shooting.

FOX 11 reached out to her mother, Jeri. She offered a statement regarding the recent shooting through a family spokesperson.

The statement says "It brought back a lot of memories and a lot of pain. It really saddens me. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families knowing full well what they are going through."

Gahdlin wants to reassure those affected by Wednesday's shooting - they are not alone.

"No matter what, the entire November 5, 2009 family - we're all here to support the victims now of this shooting," Gadlin said.