NBC reports that three soldiers critically injured at Fort Hood are expected to survive. The Ivan Lopez killed three people, injured 16 others, and died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Lopez was an Iraq War veteran, but he didn’t see combat. Army Secretary John McHugh said Lopez was being treated for depression, and the the military is looking “very, very carefully” at possible extremist involvement.
“We do not know a motive,” Lieutenant General Mark Milley said. The New York Daily News reports that the killer was initially angry with the Army for denying his request to attend his mother’s funeral last year in Puerto Rico.
Following the tragedy, Representative Mike McCaul of Texas has called for soldiers to be able to carry firearms on bases.
UPDATE: 4:26 p.m. Lt. Gen. Milley confirmed that Spc. Ivan Lopez was behind yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood, and that Lopez’s history of psychiatric issues is “the fundamental underlying causal factor” behind the rampage.
The general confirmed there are “strong indications” of a verbal altercation between Lopez and another person prior to the shooting.
Milley also said that the U.S. Army’s criminal investigation agency is leading this “ongoing and active investigation.” The agency confirms Lopez used his own .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and that he bought it at the same Texas gun shop where Army Major Nadal Hasan bought his gun in 2009.
Senator John Cornyn, who was senator during the first shooting at Fort Hood, asked the media not to “stigmatize” all military men and assume they all have PTSD and other mental illnesses.
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