Fort Hood Gunman – Identified as Soldier – Among 4 Dead in Shooting
Four people are dead and numerous others injured in a shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Officials said the gunman, identified as a soldier, was among those fatally wounded and had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
9:00 p.m.: The lockdown on the base has been lifted, according to Fort Hood officials. A press conference is expected to begin shortly. Refresh this page for updates.
8:40 p.m.: According to CNN, a semi-automatic handgun was used in the shooting and the gunman was wearing a military uniform.
7:20 p.m.: CBS identified the gunman as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, although the gunman’s identity has not been confirmed by Fort Hood officials or the Pentagon. Reports suggest that the gunman was in uniform at the time of the shooting.
According to officials at the base, the injured were being taken to Car. R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals and numerous law enforcement agencies were called to the scene.
In a written statement released at 6:29 p.m. local time, officials at the base said “Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services has an initial report that a shooter is dead but this is unconfirmed” and that the base remained on lockdown.
President Barack Obama spoke after being briefed on the shooting. [FULL STATEMENT]
“Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago,” Obama said in his statement. “And when they’re at their home base they need to feel safe. We don’t yet know what happened tonight but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again. And we’re going to have to find out exactly what happened.”
6:09 p.m.: KCEN-TV in Waco, Killeen and Temple is reporting a shooting with multiple injuries at Fort Hood.
The station reported at least one patient is being transported to the hospital, and at least three injuries to soldiers. The suspect is reportedly still at large and was believed to be in the Medical Brigade Building. Fort Hood is on lockdown.
About Fort Hood:
Fort Hood iss the largest active duty armored post in the country and is located in Killeen, about halfway between Austin and Waco, Texas.
The base was the site of a 2009 mass murder by Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13. Hasan was convicted last August and sentenced to death for his crimes. He remains in military custody pending execution.