A gunman is dead by his own hand after opening fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, killing three and wounding over a dozen. Identified as soldier Ivan Lopez, 34, the shooter reportedly was a combat veteran who suffered from "mental issues," fort officials said.
ABC News reported (via Yahoo News) April 2 that Ivan Lopez was "under diagnosis" for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after having served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2011. The Associated Press (also via Yahoo News) noted that not only were four people were dead, including the gunman, but 16 people were wounded as well.
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, spokesman for Fort Hood, told reporters at a press conference that a motive had not been identified, but there was "no indication" the incident was terrorism related. He added that investigators were not ruling anything out.
According to Milley, the firearm used by Lopez was a semi-automatic .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.
Law enforcement sources to ABC News that the ATF was conducting a trace of the gun, which is standard protocol after incidents like mass shootings.
Fort Hood was placed under a "shelter in place" order immediately following the shooting, which occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. at a medical support building on the massive military base. Emergency crews, FBI and SWAT teams were called in following the shooting. The "shelter in place" order was lifted several hours later when it was discovered that the gunman had shot himself and that there was no second gunman involved. Earlier reports during the shooting incident had considered the presence of a second shooter.
President Obama, who was in Chicago when he learned of the Fort Hood shooting, said he was "heartbroken" at news.
"We're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again," Obama said.
The President was referring to the mass shooting of American soldiers in 2009 that occurred at the Texas Army base. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 of his fellow soldiers, wounding an additional 30 wounded. Hasan was later convicted and sentenced to death in 2013.
Fort Hood, according to its website, is one of the largest military bases in the world and the largest of all American military installations, where over 41,000 soldiers are assigned. The 214,000-acre installation is adjacent to the city of Killeen, Texas, where one of the worst mass shootings in U. S. history took place in 1991 when George Hennard gunned down 23 people and wounded 27 others. Called "Luby's Massacre," so named because of the cafeteria where the incident took place, it would remain the deadliest tragedy until the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy.