Three killed by gunman in Fort Hood, TX shooting

By KBJR News 1

Three killed by gunman in Fort Hood, TX shooting

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM CST

Fort Hood, TX (NBC NEWS) --- Four people were dead, including the gunman and at least 11 others were wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, TX, military officials told NBC News.

The gunman, identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, was an enlisted soldier and took his own life, officials said.

Three other people died in local hospitals, they said. The conditions of the 11 people who were wounded were unreported, but military officials said one was in "extremely grave" condition.

Fort Hood is the same base where a military psychiatrist who proclaimed jihad against the U.S. killed 13 people 4½ years ago.

But military officials told NBC News the shooting appeared to have stemmed from a personal dispute at a motor pool and was unrelated to terrorism.

President Barack Obama spoke after the shooting saying, "We're heartbroken something like this might have happened again."

He added, "We're following it closely… I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, traveling in Hawaii, told reporters he had little information, but called the event a "terrible tragedy."

Witnesses and military officials said the shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. The base's emergency alert system immediately sounded, and all personnel were told to shelter in place. The lockdown was lifted at around 7:30 p.m.

Few details were immediately available, but a supervisor at Scott and White Memorial Hospital told NBC News that the hospital was "setting up a command center."

Witnesses and military officials said the shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. The base's emergency alert system immediately sounded, and all personnel were told to shelter in place. The lockdown was lifted at around 7:30 p.m.

Few details were immediately available, but a supervisor at Scott and White Memorial Hospital told NBC News that the hospital was "setting up a command center."

Bell County and state public safety deputies were securing the perimeter of the area, a senior local law enforcement source said.

Bell County and state public safety deputies were securing the perimeter of the area, a senior local law enforcement source said.
Waco police told the public to avoid the fort, saying on Twitter that "there is an on-going active shooter."

Nevertheless, dozens of friends and relatives of Fort Hood personnel gathered in the base's visitors' center seeking information about loved ones, NBC Station KCEN of Waco reported.

Antonio Ortiz, 30, who lives a quarter of a mile from the east gate of Fort Hood, said he heard a commotion and went outside to hear alarms going off and announcements for people to stay inside.

He went back in and turned on the TV news, then soon after heard a barrage of gunshots.

"It sounded powerful,” he said, adding that while it seemed to be coming from the base, he couldn't rule out the possibility someone in the civilian neighborhood was shooting.

"I’m scared for my son. He’s 7," Ortiz said. "But I do have a 12-gauge pump shotgun."

Central Texas College nearby was being evacuated, and all Thursday evening classes at the college and at Fort Hood were canceled, the college said.

And several lawmakers — in and out of Texas — called for prayers afterwards.

Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted in August of the killing in November 2009 and injured 32 others.

In September, a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 and wounding four before being slain by police. Last month, a civilian shot dead a sailor aboard a ship at a U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Va.

Courtney Kube and Tom Winter, Tracy Connor and Monica Alba of NBC News contributed to this report.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.