Ft. Hood Shooting Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Injured

April 3, 2014 3:15pm Central -- According to Lt. General Mark A. Milley:

U.S. Army Specialist Ivan A. Lopez has been positively identified as the alleged shooter.

According to The Washington Post:

April 3, 2014 10:00am Central -- "The soldier who fatally shot three people at Fort Hood, Tex., before killing himself had been undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety but had seen a psychiatrist last month and showed no “sign of any likely violence either to himself or others,” Army Secretary John McHugh said Thursday.

"McHugh told a Senate panel that the investigation was continuing and did not comment on a possible motive, but he echoed other Army leaders in saying that there was no evidence the shooter was “involved with extremists of any kind.”

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FORT HOOD, TEXAS--For the second time in five years, a military commander has stood before the media outside the gates of Fort Hood, Texas, to explain the details of a shooting of soldiers in the nation’s largest military installation.  Lt. General Mark A. Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commander, briefed nearly 150 members of the media about the shooting which left four dead (including the shooter) and sixteen wounded.

According to the most current medical updates available from the staff of Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center, eight of the nine patients treated for injuries were male—one female. All patients are currently being held in ICC—some in critical condition. Other wounded individuals are receiving care on base with no identifying information made available as of publish time.

Gen. Milley explained that at about 4 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, a soldier opened fire on other soldiers in the 1st Brigade Medical Command Area.  The shooter identified by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, according to the Associated Press.

Responding to a question from Breitbart Texas, Gen. Milley said the shooting rampage lasted about 15-20 minutes.  Milley said the shooter got out of “his” vehicle and entered the Medical Command building where the suspect then fired several rounds from a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. The weapon had recently been purchased off base and had not been registered according to military regulations.

The shooter then retreated back to his car and fired more rounds from his vehicle before driving to another location where he walked into a building and opened fire again. At this point, the shooter encountered a female military police (MP) officer who engaged the shooter.

From a distance of about 20 feet, the female MP engaged the shooter and ordered him to cease fire.  The shooter raised his hands above his head initially, then reached into his jacket and pulled out his pistol. She then drew her weapon and “engaged” the shooter. 

“Then he put the weapon to his head and he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Gen. Milley said.

Gen. Milley said the shooter was in the process of being tested for mental-health related issues but had not yet been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).  Milley said the soldier was not in the process of being discharged from the military but was being treated for depression, anxiety and a variety of other mental health disorders.

The shooter was deployed in Iraq for a period of four months during 2011.  He was stationed at another Army Post in Texas before being transferred to Fort Hood in February.

The shooter, according to Gen. Milley was married and had family in the local area.

The General said that most of the injuries sustained were directly from gunshots, however some received injuries from shattered glass and one from jumping over a fence attempting to flee.

Breitbart Texas asked Gen. Milley about the policy of prohibiting soldiers from carrying concealed weapons for self-defense.  He stated military policy prohibits soldiers from carrying concealed weapons.  On a follow-up question asking if that policy should change in light of the two shootings, the General replied, “No, I don’t think soldiers should have concealed weapons on base.  We have law enforcement agents, trained professionals, and I don’t endorse carrying concealed weapons on base.”

General Miller told assembled media that terrorism was a highly unlikely motivation, but it had not been ruled out.

Gen. Milley stated the incident would be investigated by various law enforcement agencies.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BTAFE) and FBI would be investigating at the federal level; the Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Public Safety at the state level; the Killeen Police Department and Army would focus on the local and military levels.

The investigations will continue and the next press update is scheduled for mid-day on April 3.

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The following were live updates in the immediate aftermath of the shooting incident.

10:05pm Central -- According to medical press conference at Baylor, Scott & White:

--Will treat a total of 9 patients from the Fort.

--All patients in ICU—3 listed in critical condition.

--7 males and 1 female.

--No need for additional blood supplies from public.

--Injuries ranging from mild to life-threatening.

--Two have undergone surgery.

--All injured are believed to be military personnel.

9:58pm Central -- According to military press conference featuring Lt. General Mark A. Milley:

--4pm a solider fired in First Brigade Medical area.

--15 minutes later first responders engaged shooter and later shot self.

--No indication that this incident is related to terrorism. Currently not ruling any motives out.

--ATF, FBI, DPS, Texas Rangers, KPD, Army CID, MPs investigating case.

--Confirmed 3 deaths plus shooter.

--16 injured

--Any information related to incident please contact FBI.

--Had mental health issues and was in diagnosis process for PTSD.

--Will not confirm identity until next-of-kin have been notified.

--Served 4 months in Iraq in 2011—no physical wounds.

--Suspect Opened fire in one building, drove to another in vehicle, was engaged in parking lot by military police.

--Used a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol.

--No  confirmation that shooting was caused by argument.

--Arrived at Ft. Hood in Feb 2014 from another military installation.

--14 injuries from gunfire, falls and broken glass.

According to KCEN-NBC Waco:

9:01pm Central --"The big voice has spoken" to indicate that the lockdown on post has been lifted. In addition, local medical providers are announcing that blood supplies remain ample. No immediate need for donations.

According to the Associated Press:

8:42pm Central -- "The Army said on its official Twitter feed that the post was still on lockdown. Injured people were being treated at the post's Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals."

According to Texas Congressman John Carter (R-Ft. Hood) via Fox News Channel:

8:27pm Central -- Alleged shooter Lopez "was in uniform" during act.

According to CBS News:

7:56pm Central -- "Four people are confirmed dead and at least 14 people are injured following a shooting at the Fort Hood army post Wednesday evening, according to the House Homeland Security Chair and U.S. Representative from Texas Michael McCaul."

7:50pm Central -- Summary from initial press conference with Baylor, Scott & White Medical:

--Total of 6 patients being treated for gunshot wounds.

--Cannot offer specifics on number of male/female patients.

--Cannot offer range of severity per patient.

--Wounds reported in chest, abdomen, neck and face.

Statement from Texas Governor Rick Perry:

7:45pm Central -- “Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Statement from U.S. Senator John Cornyn:

7:44pm Central -- “Tonight, Texans’ hearts are once again very heavy. The scenes coming from Ft. Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories.  No community should have to go through this horrific violence once, let alone twice. I ask that all Americans join Sandy and me in praying for the victims, their families and the entire Ft. Hood community.”

According to KCEN-NBC Waco:

7:25pm Central -- "We are hearing that the post lockdown has been lifted."

According to the Associated Press:

7:23pm Central -- "President Barack Obama says the government will get to the bottom of what happened in a shooting incident at Fort Hood.

"Obama says he's following the situation closely but that the situation is fluid. He says officials are doing everything they can to make sure everyone is secure.

"Obama says the incident brings back painful memories of the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood. He says, quote, "We're heartbroken that something like this might've happened again."

"Obama says people at Ford Hood have sacrificed so much for freedom and their sense of safety has been broken once again.

"Obama's comments come as U.S. officials say one person is dead and 14 wounded at the Texas Army base.

"Obama spoke at a restaurant in Chicago where he held a fundraiser."

According to CBS News:

7:18pm Central -- "Sources told CBS News identified the shoot as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez. A source said the violence apparently stemmed from some sort of soldier dispute."

Statement from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX):

7:15pm Central -- “My prayers are with all in the Fort Hood community who have been impacted by today’s shooting, including first responders who have been actively working to move people out of harm’s way and secure the area. Our office will continue to closely monitor the situation and stands ready to offer assistance as necessary.”

According to CBSDFW:

7:02pm Central -- "CBS’s David Martin reports the shooter was a soldier."

According to KCEN-NBC:

"Press conference scheduled for 7:45pm Central time."

According to the Fort Hood Press Center:

6:50pm Central -- "UPDATE: Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services has an initial report that a shooter is dead but this is unconfirmed.

"The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time. No further details are known at this time. 

"The post is currently still on lock down."

Read more at Fort Hood Press Center.

According to the Associated Press:

6:35pm Central -- Justice Department internal report: Fort Hood gunman dead of self-inflicted wound.

According to NBCDFW:

6:30pm Central -- "Deceased shooter appears to be the only shooter, U.S. military official."

From KCEN-NBC Waco:

KCEN-TV has now confirmed reports of a shooting to be accurate.

"There are reports of one dead and at least eight injured. Those injured patients are being transported to a nearby hospital.

"We have reports of an active shooter on Fort Hood.

"We have reports that there are several injuries from this shooting. There is at least one patient being transported to the hospital.

"We are also getting reports of victims in the Battle Simulation Center on 65th and Warehouse.

"The suspect is still at large. The shooter was said to be in building 33026 which is the Medical Brigade Building.

"Reports have said that he was driving a gray Toyota, described as a white male in an Army Combat Uniform, and carrying a .45 handgun.

"Fort Hood has been put on lockdown."

Read more at KCEN-NBC.

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