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Ft Hood shooting: Gunman Ivan Lopez treated for mental illness before shooting

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The April 3 Ft. Hood shooting left 4 people dead (including the gunman) and 16 more people injured. According to FOX News, the gunman has been identified as Ivan A. Lopez and was being treated for mental illness prior to his rampage. Although he was not officially diagnosed, officials say that he was undergoing assessment to see if he was, in fact, suffering from PTSD.

"Lopez was armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson and turned the gun on himself when confronted by a female military police officer in a parking lot of the base," reports FOX News.

The Ft Hood shooting began around 4:00 p.m. local time. A motive is unknown at this time but authorities do not believe that Lopez's actions were religion-fueled. Authorities also don't think that this was an act of terrorism but they say that they aren't ruling anything out at this point in the investigation. As for Lopez's state of mind, he had been battling depression and anxiety and it was reported that he was medicated for those conditions.

"[Ivan] Lopez was undergoing a variety of treatment for psychiatric issues, ranging from depression to anxiety to sleep disturbances," reports FOX News. Lopez was a 34-year-old Army specialist who was married and had a family. Further details about his personal life were not immediately clear.

More on the Ft Hood shooting in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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