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Ft. Hood Shooting--No Apparent Connection to Terrorism

Ft. Hood Shooting--No Apparent Connection to Terrorism

There is no apparently connection between Wednesday afternoon's shooting at Ft. Hood which left three people dead and 16 wounded and any type of terrorism or terrorist group, officials tell 1200 WOAI news.

 

  A solder, identified to 1200 WOAI news but not formally confirmed by military officials as Ivan Lopez, 34, opened fire at a medical brigade building at Ft. Hood with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol.    He then got into a vehicle, continued shooting out of the windows of the vehicle, and the situation ended at a combat simulation facility, where Lopez shot and killed himself as military police closed in.

 

 Lt. Gen. Mark Miller, commander of Ft. Hood, told a news conference Wednesday night that Lopez, who was an Iraq war veteran, was taking medication for stress and depression and reported a head injury while in Iraq, although there is no record of him receiving it in combat.

 

  "He was not diagnosed as of today with PTSD," Milley said.  "He was undergoing a diagnosis process to determine if he had PTSD.  I don't know if he was diagnosed in the clinic sense, there are reports that he self reported a traumatic brain injury previously."

 

  Like all military posts, Ft. Hood is a 'gun free zone' and officials say Lopez brought the pistol onto the post in his private vehicle in violation of the rules.  Officials say he was attached to the 13th Sustainment Commend as a military truck driver.

 

  Soldiers at Ft. Hood were amazed at the incident.

 

  "The MPs and the Ft. Hood police are very on top of it," one soldier told 1200 WOAI news.  "If a soldier did come on post, it is kinda shocking."

 

  Several Ft. Hood spokesmen said this appears to be an incident involving the soldier himself and not connected to terrorism.  U.S. Rep Michael McCaul, who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, echoed those comments.

 

  "We know the soldiers and civilians of this fort, who have served so bravely in both Iraq and Afghanistan, are brave and strong," Gen. Milley said.  "We will get through this."

 

  The identities of the dead and wounded have not been released.

 

  In November of 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at a miltiary support facility at Ft. Hood, killing 13 and wounding 31.  Hasan is now on death row at Ft. Leavenworth.

 

 

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