Fort Hood Shooter Had Mental Health Issues, Says General (Video)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Four people are dead and 16 others are injured after a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, according to NBC News.
Fort Hood Commanding Officer Lt. Gen. Mark Milley told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening that the shooter was one of the four fatalities.
Milley said the suspect had served four months in Iraq in 2011, and was under diagnosis for PTSD and was taking medication:
“[He] had behavior health and mental health issues, and was being treated for that.”
Milley said the suspect used a .45 Smith and Wesson in the shooting.
CBS News is identifying the alleged shooter as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez:
A source said the violence apparently stemmed from some sort of soldier dispute.
Lopez was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released the following statement about the Fort Hood shooting:
"Today's shooting was a terrible tragedy for the Fort Hood community, the Department of Defense, and for the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. And my sympathies go out to this strong and resilient community, which has experienced this kind of senseless violence all too recently.
"There is nothing more important to us as an institution than the safety and well-being of our people, and for that reason I am grateful to all the first responders who rushed to the scene. We will closely monitor the situation at Fort Hood and stay informed by what investigators and law enforcement personnel learn about the shooting."
In 2009, Fort Hood was the scene of another mass shooting. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed thirteen people and wounded more than 30, in what was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history.
One soldier described to television station KENS-5 being an ear witness to Wednesday's shooting: