Three Critical After Fort Hood Shooting; Details About Shooter Released

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A Fort Hood official confirms the soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 others bought his gun at the same nearby gun shop as the shooter convicted in the 2009 rampage on the military base.

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday that Spc. Ivan Lopez purchased a .45-caliber pistol from Guns Galore, a store in Killeen, Texas, on March 1. Authorities say Lopez opened fire Wednesday afternoon on soldiers on base before killing himself with a gunshot.

Guns Galore also is where Nidal Hasan purchased the gun and high-capacity magazines he used to kill 13 people in a 2009 rampage at Fort Hood. An employee from the shop testified at Hasan's court-martial last year.

Employees at Guns Galore declined to comment earlier Thursday.

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - At least three military personnel remain in critical condition after a gunman at Fort Hood killed three people and wounded 16 others before committing suicide.

A spokesman for Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple says three patients are critical and six are serious. Deke Jones says eight males and one female were admitted following yesterday's gunfire.

Fort Hood officials did not immediately provide details on the other seven people who were shot or otherwise hurt during the rampage blamed on an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness.

Fort Hood chaplains have set up family counseling centers. The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Killeen Community Center in the hours after the attack but nobody spent the night and the shelter has now closed.

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Officials at Fort Hood have released few details about the gunman who killed three people before taking his own life in a shooting Wednesday at the sprawling Army base. Here's what we know about the gunman.

- His name was Ivan Lopez and he came from Puerto Rico. He was married, had other family members and lived in the Fort Hood area, having arrived at the post in February from another military base in Texas. He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Hood, which is a logistics and support unit. Officials did not release his rank on Wednesday, but said he was not in the process of leaving the Army.

- Lopez served for four months in Iraq in 2011. Army Secretary John McHugh said Lopez did not see combat in Iraq. He was not wounded in action while serving overseas, but self-reported a traumatic brain injury upon his return to the U.S. "He was not a wounded warrior," said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer at Fort Hood. "He was not wounded in action, to our records, no Purple Heart, not wounded in action in that regard."

- Lopez had several mental health issues. He was taking medication and receiving psychiatric help for depression and anxiety, and was undergoing a process to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder. "We do not know a motive," Milley said. "We do know that this soldier had behavioral health and mental health issues, and was being treated for that."

- Lopez had one weapon, a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, that was not registered with post authorities as required. Authorities don't yet know how much ammunition he was carrying.

- Lopez died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He killed himself in a parking lot at the base transportation brigade's administration building, after he was confronted by a military policewoman. "It was clearly heroic, what she did at that moment in time," Milley said. "She did her job, and she did exactly what we would expect of United States Army military police."


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