A shooting incident has been reported at the Fort Hood military base in Kileen, Texas, the site of the 2009 massacre for which army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan was convicted under court martial. The Associated Press has just updated that the current “active shooter“ is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Casualties so far are 8 wounded, four of them critically. David Ross, a Fort Hood official, says the site is in lock down and “completely sealed." Every building on the base is subject to search, but this is still an active investigation. The timeline of events remains unclear.
Earlier in the day, at least one shooter was reported as still at large, according to Marcine Folsom, a public official with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. Rounds appeared to have been fired from two separate areas of the base, leading to speculation that a second shooter might have been involved.
President Obama, currently in Chicago, has been informed of unfolding events, and White House officials called the event “a tragedy.”
The incident occurred not a day after the FBI issued an alert searching for a recruit suspected of jihad, but there is no indication, just yet, that these late afternoon events are linked to terrorism. The 2009 massacre, in which 13 personnel were ultimately shot and killed, bears the distinction of being the worst mass murder at a domestic installation in US history.
This story will be updated as events unfold.
9:02 pm: It has been reported casualties are now updated to four dead; 14 injured.