President Obama delivered the following statement about the shooting on Fort Hood:
“I just got off the phone with the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to get the latest on the shooting at Fort Hood. Obviously, we’re all following it closely.
The situation is fluid right now, but my national security team in close contact not just with Defense Department but with the FBI. They are working with folks on ground to determine exactly what happened and ensure that everyone is secure.
I want to assure all of us we going to get to bottom of what happened. Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopened the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago. We know these families, we know the service to their country and the sacrifices that they make.
Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community and we are going to do everything we can to make the community of Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with a tough situation but also any potential aftermath.
We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. I don’t want to comment on the facts until we know exactly what happened.
But just for now I would hope that everyone across the country keep the families of Fort Hood in our thoughts and our prayers. The folks there have sacrificed so much on behalf of our freedom. Many of the people there have been on multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, they served with valor, they served with distinction. 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. We need to find out exactly what happened.”
Fort Hood, Texas – “Shelter in place” warning rung out across Fort Hood about 5 p.m., Wednesday April 2, 2014, when at the time an unidentified shooter opened gunfire.
According to KCENTV.com compiled reports which are still being hashed out; Ivan Lopez walked into a the Medical Brigade Building armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun he purchased earlier today. Lopez was described as wearing Army Combat Uniform when he opened fire inside the building, then came out of the building got into his gray Toyota fired shots again. He then went over to another local building at which point Lopez was confronted by a female military enforcer who from about 20 feet pulled out her weapon. Lopez then shot himself in the head.
4 victims were killed including Lopez.
16 active duty personnel were injured. 7 male and 1 female were transferred from Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and are currently being treated at Scott & White in Temple, Texas located about thirty minutes from Fort Hood. Three patients are in critical condition, on ventilators and unable to speak. Two underwent surgery. The majority suffered single gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen, and neck.
34-year-old SPC Ivan Lopez, a Fort Hood soldier had just arrived on base in February. Lopez served four months in Iraq back in 2011 and was being treated for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and was undergoing psychiatric and behavioral issues. Lopez was still in transition and had not been assigned to one of the Army Wounded Transition Units to care for wounded, injured or ill soldiers. He is married with family.
LTG Miley said in a press conference about Lopez, “We are digging deep into the background.” to find out if Lopez had any criminal background.
LTG Miley also mentioned that the female military enforcer, “Did exactly what is expected of the military police.”
Changing events and coverage are continuing throughout the next few days while the injured are recovering.