Joy Clark, of Des Moines, among injured in Fort Hood rampage


Associated Press Writer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa soldier who arrived at Fort Hood in Texas for additional training before being deployed overseas was among the soldiers wounded in a rampage that left 13 people dead, her father said Friday.

Staff Sgt. Joy Clark, 27, of Des Moines, was inside the Soldier Readiness Center on Thursday when the gunfire started, said her father, Jerry Nelson, also of Des Moines.

"They were kind of in a formation type of situation in the center when the gunman came in. There was a soldier in front of her that was shot. She peeled off her jacket to cover this soldier who was bleeding and that's when she was shot," Nelson said.

Nelson, who spoke to his daughter Friday morning, said she was shot in the left forearm.

"The bullet passed through. She has some severe bone damage in her arm," he said.

She was in stable condition and was awaiting surgery, Nelson said.

Nelson said his daughter was married in August, and her husband, Josh Clark, drove from Des Moines to Texas and arrived early Friday. Nelson said his daughter called her husband after the shooting Thursday, and he called her parents immediately.

"It's unbelievable. We were sitting here worried about her presence overseas in a combat area. Jeez," he said. "For the moment, everything is OK. She's stable and it doesn't appear to be a life-threatening injury."

Nelson said he was making arrangements Friday to get to Texas.

Clark was among 30 soldiers wounded. Authorities believe the shooter was an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. He was among the wounded and remained hospitalized Friday.

Nelson said his daughter arrived Tuesday at Fort Hood with a medical team for additional training. She was scheduled to be deployed overseas later after Thanksgiving, possibly to Iraq or Afghanistan, Nelson said.

Clark was formerly based in Des Moines with an U.S. Army Reserve unit.

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