Fort Hood Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 16 Injured

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A shooting in Fort Hood left three dead and 16 injured. Earlier this evening Fort Hood Texas was locked down. Authorities issued a “Shelter in place order.” The “All Clear” was given just prior to 10 p.m. EDT.

According to FOX News four people are dead, including the shooter and 16 others are injured. The injured suffered gunshot wounds and at least nine patients have been transferred to Scott Meyer Memorial hospital, a local trauma center. Three are in critical condition and the remainder have severe injuries. The remaining victims are being treated at Fort Hood. Three patients have undergone surgeries.

The shooter has been identified as Ivan Lopez, a US Army Specialist. He is believed to be 34 years old and was a truck driver on the Post. According to Commander III Corps the soldier had mental issues, such as anxiety, depression and psychiatric. He was under diagnoses for PTSD, but had not been diagnosed yet. He served four months in Iraq in 2011. His weapons was a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson.

The dead are all soldiers. Information is not yet available on the injured. A Justice Department internal report says that the gunman died of self-inflicted wounds. During the Fort Hood press conference, the Commanding General of III Corps, Lieutenant General Mark A Milley said that the shooter was confronted by a female military police officer in a parking lot. At that time the shooter pulled out his Smith and Wesson and killed himself.

A Homeland Security source, stressed the information was preliminary, added that there was “currently no [counter terrorism] nexus” and said it appears the shooter killed himself.

The perimeter of Fort Hood is being secured by Texas State Troopers.

Fort Hood was the site of the shooting in 2009 that ultimately killed 15 people, the worst mass murder on a U.S.military installation in U.S. history.

Update: From the Fort Hood Press Center

DES officials reported that at approximately 4 p.m. April 2 a Soldier assigned to 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) fired shots at individuals in the 1st Medical Brigade area of Fort Hood.

Within 15 minutes, emergency services officials responded to the scene. The injured were treated at the scene and transported to area hospitals. The suspect died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In regard to the investigation, there is no indication at this time that this incident is related to terrorism. An investigation by law enforcement is ongoing and no further details are releasable at this time.

Medical officials have confirmed four deceased including the shooter and sixteen injured. Officials are continuing to confirm the details of this incident and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased, injured and their families during this difficult time.

Family notifications are ongoing; the names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified. Family members can call the Family Assistance Center Hotline at (254) 288-7570 or (866) 836-2751.

Chaplains have setup family counseling centers on and off post. Locations are the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel and Scott & White Hospital.

The Red Cross Joint Assistance Center is established at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Killeen, Texas. Monetary donations made be submitted online at www.redcross.org.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Update:At 10 a.m. EST Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee, updating the status of the victims of the Fort Hoood shooting. Three of the injured are in critical condition, while the remainder are considered to be in stable condition.

Specialist Ivan Lopez was a trained soldier, having served nine years in the Puerto Rico National Guard. He was a Veteran, who served one year in the Sinai with his National Guard unit and completed a four months tour in Iraq. He had mental issues, as previously discussed and was treated with drugs. He had seen a psychiatrist earlier this week and was being monitored, although not yet diagnosed with PTSD.

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