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Wounded Ala. soldier confronts Ft. Hood gunman

Warrant Officer Chris Royal tried to stop Fort Hood gunman after he opened fire on post. Warrant Officer Chris Royal tried to stop Fort Hood gunman after he opened fire on post.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "I thank God that I'm able to walk," says Warrant Officer Chris Royal.

Royal is a veteran of military combat, but he never thought he'd see a massacre--much less one here on U.S. soil.

"This one particular soldier...he had a bad day," says Royal.

Royal was inside the building when Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire.

He ran outside...but not to escape.

"I waited on him to come out so I could try to apprehend him," says Royal.

The gunman followed him out.

"He saw me before I could get to him and he turned his weapon on me and started firing."

Royal ran to warn a crowd of people on post for a graduation ceremony.

"There was probably about 400-500 people.  I was able to run ahead of the shooter and let them know he was out there."

At first, Royal didn't know he had been hit three times.

But after a day in the hospital, he's home recovering.

"I'm thankful that I'm able to be here with my kids and wife."

He has a message for the man who almost took his life.

"I'm praying for him as well.  I'm praying for his family because they're humans just like we are."

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