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Wisconsin connections to Ft. Hood killings

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Ft. Hood, TX (WQOW) -- A tragedy so far away is hitting too close to home for area parents.

"We tried to call him on his cell to figure out what he knew," says Arthur Osvold of Stanley.  His son, Arthur Osvold II, a 37 year old graduate of Cadott High School, has lived at Ft. Hood for 8 years.

Osvold II was on the base when the alleged gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire and killed 12.  "(My son) just spent 12 months in Iraq, his third tour and your concerned for his well being because he's so far away," says Osvold.

His son was is OK, he was on the other side of the base, but knew little about what was going on. "He said you probably know more about it than I do right now dad," says Osvold. "Because nobody's talking to us."

State Representative Kitty Rhoades (R-Hudson) found out about the incident first from her son.  She received a text message Thursday afternoon.   It read "Check ft. Hood news, I'm ok. We have a gunman on base."

Rhoades says, "I have been able to speak with my son, they are still on lock-down."

But at least one Wisconsin parent wasn't so lucky to have a child who was unharmed a woman from Eastern Wisconsin say her daughter was shot in the stomach during the incident.  She says she is stable at an area hospital.

"We really send out our prayers to the families of the service members that have been impacted by this horrible incident," says Rhoades.

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