REPORTS: 4 dead, 16 injured in Ft. Hood shooting

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:47am

Four are reported dead and 16 are injured following a shooting incident at Ft. Hood Wednesday afternoon.

The post released the following statement:

There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are know at this time.

A second statement was released shortly before 6:30 p.m.:

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 lockdown at Fort Hood prompted by Wednesday's shooting on the expansive Army base was lifted just prior to 9 p.m., military personnel at the Army base's front gate.

Military officials said that the shooter was "down" and appeared to be a lone gunman, according to NBC News. The shooter was identified by NBC News as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez.

According to NBC News and CNN, Lopez was reported to have behavioral health and mental health issues. He was also undergoing the process to see if he had PTSD. Lopez was an Army soldier who had served for four months in Iraq in 2011. He is married with family in the area and had arrived at Fort Hood in February.

At the time of the shooting, Lopez "fired shots at individuals within the unit areas here" at Fort Hood late Wednesday afternoon and "the post immediately went into lockdown," said the base's commander, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley. He was armed with a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson that he purchased recently. According to Milley, the gun was not registered.

Lopez was engaged by military police before he fatally shot himself in the head.

There is no known motive for Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood, said the base's commander, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley. "There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism although we are not ruling anything out," Milley said.

Milley, the commanding general at Fort Hood, described the response by law enforcement and medical personnel to Wednesday's shooting at the Army base as "swift and it was appropriate."

Fort Hood sent out this press release following their press conference:

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.

Four patients were wounded as a result of Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood are being treated at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, and two others will require surgery soon after being airlifted there, a hospital official said Wednesday. The patients' conditions range from "stable to quite critical," according to the official.

President Barack Obama was briefed and spoke Wednesday evening about the incident.

"The situation is fluid right now ... I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened," the President said. "We're heartbroken something like this might have happened again."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that there are "both people killed and injured" as a result of the shooting at Fort Hood, though he didn't provide numbers. "It's a terrible tragedy," he said of a situation that is "still under investigation."

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement on Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood:

“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.”

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the shooting at Fort Hood:

“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.”

All evening and night classes for the Central and Fort Hood campuses of Central Texas College (CTC) were canceled, according to the school's website. Personnel and students were told to evacuate CTC Central Campus.

Ft. Hood personnel were asked to shelter in place and stay away from doors and windows. The base is currently on lockdown.

A message on the top of the post's website read, “Shelter in place immediately. This is not a test.”

The shooting took place at Fort Hood's Medical Brigade building, not far from the expansive installation's Darnall Army Medical Center, a soldier at Fort Hood who lives nearby said. The soldier saw many ambulances, numerous police cars and four helicopters that landed and took off from the hospital.

On November 5, 2009, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and injuring 32.

He shot fellow soldiers at the processing center. Prosecutors maintained that the American-born Muslim underwent a progressive radicalization that led to the massacre at the base.

Hasan allegedly picked that day because it was when the units he was scheduled to deploy with to Afghanistan were scheduled to go through the processing center.

The former Army psychiatrist was convicted of premeditated murder, and a military jury recommended that Hasan be put to death.

CNN contributed to this report.  

KWKT will bring you more information as it becomes available.  

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