Three people were killed and 11 wounded at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. The shooter, identified as 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez, turned the gun on himself, ending his own life. It is believed that this was not an act of terrorism, but rather a dispute between soldiers that got out of control.
These large scale shooting are becoming all too frequent. It seems that, since Columbine, there have been more and more. This isn't even the first time it has happened at Fort Hood. On November 5, 2009, US Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, killed 13 people and wounded over 30 when he opened fire on a soldier readiness center.
President Barack Obama said "Any shooting is trouble. Obviously, this reopens the pain of what happened Fort Hood five years ago. We're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."
What exactly would be the next steps to insure such things don't happen? Without knowing more about this situation, as well as day-to-day practices on an Army post, it would be difficult to say exactly what would be an effective way to prevent this. This situation seems to be more of an anomaly, rather than being something you can plan to prevent. In the coming days, more details will be released in this situation, and we will learn more of how this happened.
The injured people were taken to area hospitals, with injuries primarily to the chest, neck, and limbs. Their conditions range from stable to critical. Keep them in your thoughts, as they are innocent victims in this tragedy. Many of them will need all the good vibes they can get.