UPDATED: Shooting At Fort HoodCourtesy: US Defense Department
Authorities have confirmed that there has been a shooting at Fort Hood. Authorities have also confirmed that 4 people have been killed and 14 have been injured. The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez, is a 34-year-old military man. The gun fight supposedly began over a dispute between Lopez and other soldiers. Sources say that he used a .45-caliber weapon and that over 20 rounds were fired. The killer was brought down by a self-inflicted wound.
More information is surfacing about the shooter, Ivan Lopez. According to sources, Lopez had served in Iraq and was being evaluated for PTSD. There are claims surfacing that he was suffering from anxiety and depression and that he had “Mental health issues.”
The alert began at around 5:00 PM CST when Fort Hood’s official Twitter account posted the following tweet, alerting its employees to take shelter:
All personnel on post are asked to shelter in place.
— Fort Hood (@forthood) April 2, 2014
President Barack Obama has spoken about the shooting after speaking with authorities on the ground, saying “We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. I don’t what on the comment on facts until we know exactly what happened. But just for now I would hope that everyone across the country keep the families of Fort Hood in our thoughts and our prayers. The folks there have sacrificed so much on behalf of our freedom. Many of the people there have been on multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, they served with valor, they served with distinction. At their home base they need to feel safe. We don’t yet know what happened tonight but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again. We need to find out exactly what happened.”
In November of 2009, Fort Hood was the victim of a terrorist attack shooting where 13 people were killed and over 30 were injured.