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Fort Hood shooter was under diagnosis for PTSD

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A soldier fired shots at fellow soldiers at Fort Hood using a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson at approximately 4 p.m. local time today. The shooter was under diagnosis for PTSD but had not yet been diagnosed, according to General Mark Milley. Three soldiers are confirmed dead in addition to the shooter himself, confirmed the general. An additional 16 soldiers are wounded and being treated at two area hospitals.

“There is no indication that this is related to terrorism,” said the general.

General Milley would not identify the shooter, stating his next of kin has not yet been notified. Several media outlets however have identified him as 34 year old Spc. Ivan Lopez.

PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can develop after an incident of trauma or extreme stress. Symptoms include flashbacks, bad dreams, and frightening thoughts.

Fort Hood is located in Killeen, Texas. The investigation is ongoing. A press conference will be held again tomorrow.

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