UPDATE: Investigators Search for Clues in Fort Hood Shooting

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Thurs 1:09 PM, April 3, 2014

Investigators are focusing on the service and medical history of the Fort Hood shooter, who, according to CBS News sources, is Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34. Military officials have not confirmed that name, saying the soldier's family had not been notified.

Army officials say they believe this attack is not terror-related. The Army said the soldier was suffering from behavioral and mental issues, CBS News homeland security correspondent Bob Orr reports. He was being treated for depression and anxiety.
Lopez served in Iraq for four months in 2011. As far as sources know, he was not injured or wounded in action, but when he came home he told his military superiors he had suffered a traumatic brain injury, so he was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

On Thursday morning, Army Secretary John McHugh confirmed to a Senate committee Thursday the gunman was deployed for the final months of the Iraq war but did not see combat. McHugh testified that the soldier was examined by a psychiatrist last month and was found to show no violent or suicidal tendencies. He said the soldier had been prescribed Ambien to deal with a sleeping problem.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told senators that the steps taken in the wake of the first Fort Hood shooting in 2009 helped prevent Wednesday's shooting from being a bigger disaster.

The alert system and training for first responders "contributed to making this something that could have been much worse," Odierno said during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Army's budget.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that Lopez joined the National Guard in Puerto Rico in 1999 and that after 15 years in the armed services had only risen to the low rank of specialist.

Sources say a preliminary check of Lopez's background has revealed no significant criminal record, and a search of the criminal and terror databases has turned up no evidence, so far, that he was connected to any kind of terrorist group, but nothing has been ruled out.

Investigators say the soldier used a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was purchased recently, in the attack.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation told CBS News that Lopez bought his weapon, a Smith and Wesson MP 45, at Guns Galore, the same shop where Maj. Nidal Hasan, who carried out a deadly rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, bought his weapon.

Lopez purchased his weapon legally March 1.

As for motive, Orr reported this appears to be an incident of what's called soldier-on-soldier violence. It is not clear yet if Lopez was targeting specific soldiers or if the attack was random.

The shootings took place at a medical facility and a nearby command building - areas on the base that were familiar to Lopez.

Investigators are now going through his background. They're talking to family, friends and fellow soldiers. And they're also looking at Lopez's emails, phone records and computer files in an effort to determine if he left any clues or evidence of pre-planning.

Investigators want to identify any possible stressor - something that may have caused Lopez recently to snap and then react with violence.

UPDATE: 4/2/14 - 10:35 P.M.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A Fort Hood official says the shooter in the attack at the Army base was being assessed for whether he had PTSD.

Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley said Wednesday that four people were killed including the shooter and 16 others were wounded in the attack. He says the wounded were all military members.

Milley says there is no indication the shooting was related to terrorism.

He says the shooter is married and served in Iraq in 2011.

UPDATE: 4/2/14 - 9:20 P.M.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A Texas congressman has identified the suspect in the shooting at Fort Hood as Ivan Lopez.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Wednesday's shooting happened at a medical center at the base. Additional details about the suspect weren't immediately available.

UPDATE: 4/2/14 - 8:58 P.M.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- All-clear sirens have sounded at Fort Hood as the lockdown was lifted hours after a deadly shooting at the Texas Army post.

Hundreds of cars began streaming from the giant complex, including children who had been kept in locked-down schools.

U.S. law enforcement officials say four people, including the shooter, were killed when a gunman opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood.

One of the officials, citing official internal U.S. Justice Department updates, said 14 others were hurt. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information by name.

The Texas Army base was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009.

ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 5:37 PM, April 2, 2014

(CBS News) FORT HOOD, Texas - Shots were fired Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood, killing at least one person and wounding several others, CBS affiliate KWTX reported.

Warning sirens went off. A spokesman for the base said there was an active shooter situation and all personnel were asked to shelter in place. He could provide no further details.

KWTX said one death had been confirmed and that at least eight other people were injured.

A man who said he was a witness told KWTX that about 20 shots were fired at a post motor pool. The man said he saw a soldier jumping over a fence and running away, but it was not clear whether that solider may have been the shooter.

The post was on lockdown and a spokesman called the situation "serious."

First responders from surrounding communities were headed to the post.

Ford Hood near Killeen was the site of a mass murder on Nov. 5, 2009, when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire at a soldier readiness center on the base. He shot 13 people dead and wounded more than 30 others. It was the worst shooting ever to take place on an American military base.

Hasan has been sentenced to death for the rampage.

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