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NC native credited with stopping Ft. Hood shooter

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A woman with Wilmington ties is being credited for stopping a man who went on a shooting rampage on the Fort Hood Army base in Texas Thursday afternoon.

Former Wrightsville Beach Police Officer and Hoggard High School graduate Kimberly Munley is being credited for ending the shooting rampage by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. 

According to Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, Sgt. Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire Thursday afternoon.  Munley reportedly shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself.

LeAnne McLaughlin is one of Munley's oldest friends.  The two graduated from Hoggard High School together in 1993.  McLaughlin says the teenager Munley was years ago reflects the hero she is today.

"Aside from the many that lost their lives, they were lucky that Kim was where she was," said LeAnne McLaughlin.  "I believe that she saved lives, I believe he messed with the wrong woman."

Munley was a member of the Wrightsville Beach Police Department from 2000 to 2002.  According to the department she received three letters of commendation and recognition for her performance as a Wrightsville Beach Police Officer.

McLaughlin said she wasn't surprised Munley was in the middle of the gunfire in Texas Thursday.

"From helping out the smallest person to now being a national hero this is just true of her nature its not something that's out of character for her," said McLaughlin.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach and the Wrightsville Beach Police Department said they are proud of Officer Munley's quick action and her dedication to the highest ideals of police service.

Munley's twitter bio shows that she feels rewarded in life.  Her bio reads: "I live a good life....a hard one, but I go to sleep peacefully @ night knowing that I may have made a difference in someone's life."

McLaughlin said Munley is probably mad that she can't be at work, helping with the aftermath of the shooting.  She describes her friend as selfless - someone who doesn't look for anything in return when she helps others.

According to her father, former Carolina Beach Mayor Dennis Barbour, Munley is in the hospital but is doing well.  Barbour said he and his family are preparing to go to Texas to be with Munley while she recovers.

Hasan was shot four times during the rampage, but is hospitalized in stable condition.

Reports say the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist was recently promoted from Captain and was transferred to Fort Hood in July from Walter Reed Medical Center where he had been stationed for six years.


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