At a news conference on Friday afternoon, military officials said they are searching for a possible motive for the mass shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Texas earlier this week. The evidence suggests that Army Spec. Ivan Lopez acted alone.
U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, a 37-year-old from Effingham, Illinois was identified as one of the soldiers killed in Wednesday's shooting, the other two soldiers killed were identified as Sgt. Danny Ferguson and Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney.
Owens leaves behind a wife he had recently married, Billie Owens; a 77-year-old mother, Betty Goodwin and children from a previous marriage.
Four people were killed, including the gunman and 16 others were wounded in the deadly shooting, the second mass shooting on the Fort Hood Army Base in fiver years.
The shooter, identified as Army Spec. Ivan Lopez was active in the National Guard in Puerto Rico from 1999 to 2010, and left the Guard to join the active duty Army in 2010, National Guard spokeswoman Ruth Diaz said Thursday.
Lopez was first assigned to the infantry battalion and later deployed, in 2007, to the Sinai Peninsula for 13 months. Lopez deployed twice to Iraq, however, he never seen combat. Investigators are closely examining the gunman's medical records for details on his mental health.
Earlier on Friday, the conditions of the three critically injured soldiers in Wednesday's shooting at the Fort Hood that were transported to Scott & White Hospital - Temple were upgraded from serious to fair condition, a hospital official said. Another soldier was listed in good condition and is expected to be released Friday, the official said.
Army officials say the shooting appears to have stemmed from a verbal altercation on base shortly before the shooting incident, rather than a brain injury reportedly sustained during his time in Iraq.