The Fort Hood shooting which occurred on Wednesday in Killeen, Texas, left four people dead including the alleged gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, according to an ABC report released Wednesday night. Ivan Lopez reportedly arrived at Ft. Hood from another installation two months ago.
Lopez, 34, who took his own life after killing three military personnel and injuring 16 others, was a combat veteran who had suffered from mental issues. He was being evaluated for possibly having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, he had served for four months in Iraq in 2011, according to the report. Currently, he was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command which is Fort Hood-based.
No motive has been identified for the shooting, and there is no indication that the shooting incident was terrorism-related.
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley who spoke during a news briefing said that the alleged shooter was undergoing behavioral health, psychiatric treatment for depression and anxiety and a variety of other psychological and psychiatric issues. Milley said that the shooter was not diagnosed with PTSD, but he was undergoing a diagnosis process to determine if he had PTSD – as it is a lengthy process according to Milley.
All that is known is that Lopez walked into one of the unit buildings at Fort Hood at approximately 4 p.m. local time. He opened fire, and then got into a vehicle and fired from the vehicle. Next, he walked into another building and opened fire again. Then, he was engaged by local law enforcement. During that time, he put his hands in the air, and reached for his gun. During this time, an unidentified military policewoman attempted to communicate with him. That’s when he shot himself to death.