A soldier receiving treatment for PTSD at Ft. Hood in Texas went on a shooting rampage yesterday, killing 3 people, injuring 16, before killing himself. Authorities have identified the shooter as 34-year-old Iraq War veteran Ivan Lopez. Lopez was carrying one weapon, a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson.
Lieutenant General Mark Milley briefed reporters yesterday about the situation.
“He was undergoing psychiatric treatment for depression, anxiety and a variety of other psychological illnesses,” Milley said. “He was on medication.”
The shooting started at about 5 p.m. local time, officials said, and Fort Hood had issued a shelter-in-place order for the base. All-clear sirens sounded on the base late on Wednesday night as the lockdown was lifted hours after the shooting, the Associated Press reports. The shooting took place at two neighboring buildings and lasted 10 to 15 minutes, Milley said. Multiple law-enforcement agencies were on the scene as victims were being transported to area hospitals.
In 2009 Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and injured more than 30 during a rampage at the same base.
“When we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to Hawaii. “We will continue to address the issue. Anytime you lose your people to these kinds of tragedies, it’s an issue, it’s a problem.”