A lone gunman opened fire yesterday at Ft Hood, Texas injuring 16 people then turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. Some of the injured are in critical condition at area hospitals. Four of the victims have died including the gunman. The gunman is identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez an US soldier who served in Iraq but did not see combat. Sources say that Lopez had “mental health issues” that he was being treated for. They say he also suffered from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Lopez used a .45 caliber pistol. Some witnesses said that they saw Lopez arguing with another soldier prior to opening fire. Reports indicate that Lopez was also taking prescription medications for his mental health issues.
Once again Ft Hood is the scene of mass murder. Back in November 2009 Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire killing and injuring soldiers. Hasan is now on death role in a military prison in Kansas.
Lopez served in Iraq in 2011 and had been undergoing mental health treatment according to Lt General Mark Miley who is a senior officer at Ft Hood. Authorities say there is no indication that the attack was an act of terrorism. The shooting took place at a medical center on the base. Victims suffered gunshots to their chests abdomens, necks, and arms and legs. Details are still coming forth and this remains a developing story. Military police have not identified any motive for the shootings.
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