Iraq War Veteran Kills Three Colleagues Before Shooting Himself Dead

A shooting occurred on April 2, 2014, at the Fort Hood military base near Killeen, Texas. Four people were killed, including the gunman, and 16 injured.

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A Gunman Opened Fire On The Military Post Of Fort Hood, Texas, On Wednesday, Killing Three And Injuring 16, Before Putting The Gun To His Head And Killing Himself

Lucy Hamlin and her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin, wait for permission to re-enter the Fort Hood military post, following a shooting there Wednesday.

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A soldier opened fire on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide.

Patients were rushed to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and Scott & White Memorial hospital in Killeen, Texas

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The incident is described as having started as a soldier-on-soldier attack at a medical building on base. Officials at a nearby hospital taking in wounded says wounds range from stable to extremely critical. All the wounded and killed are military personnel.

General Mark Milley, III Corps And Fort Hood Commanding General (L), Speaks To Media During A Press Conference About The Shooting

General Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General (L)

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Milley confirmed that four people were dead in the shooting, including the gunman himself.

According To Gen. Milley, The Shooter Was A Veteran Of Combat In Iraq Who Was Being Assessed For PTSD

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, head of the Army's III Corps at the post

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Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, head of the Army's III Corps at the post, said the shooter was a veteran of combat in Iraq who had "mental health issues and was being treated for that. At this time there is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism, although we are not ruling anything out and the investigation continues,'' Milley said.

Law enforcement officials with guns drawn approach a building at Fort Hood where a shooting was reported Wednesday late afternoon

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He was a recent arrival to Fort Hood, and used a 45 caliber semi automatic handgun in the assault, and has a wife and children in the Fort Hood area.

The Shooter Was 34-Year-Old Ivan Lopez. He Walked Into A Building On The Post And Opened Fire Around 4:00PM (US Time), Then Got Into A Car, And Fired More Shots.

A military police officer stops a car at Fort Hood, Texas, after a shooting on the Army base

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According to Army officials, Lopez began firing with a semiautomatic pistol in the Fort Hood motor pool around 4:00 pm. He kept shooting until a military police officer approached him with her gun drawn, at which point he turned his gun on himself. His body was recovered in a parking lot.

At the same time, Fort Hood went into a lockdown and victims were transported to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Tempe, Texas. The lockdown lifted around 9 pm.

Three Victims Are In Critical Condition And Five Others Are Expected To Be Upgraded From Serious To Fair Tonight

Krystina Cassidy, left, and Dianna Simpson attempt to make contact with their husbands who are stationed inside Fort Hood

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Authorities have not yet released the names of the three people who died in the shooting.

PHOTO: US Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel Described The Shooting As A 'Tragedy' During A News Conference

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

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Meanwhile, President Barack Obama Has Vowed That Investigators Will Get To The Bottom Of The Shooting, Seeking To Reassure The Nation Whose Sense Of Security Has Been Once Again Shaken By Mass Violence

President Barack Obama turns to leave after speaking about the shooting at Fort Hood

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In a hastily arranged statement, Obama said he and his team were following the situation closely but that details about what happened at the sprawling Army post were still fluid. He said the shooting brought back painful memories of 2009, when 13 were killed at the same post in the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in history.

"We're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again," Obama said. Offering thoughts and prayers to the entire Texas community, Obama pledged to do everything possible to ensure Fort Hood had everything it needed to weather a difficult situation and its aftermath.

"They serve with valor, they serve with distinction and when they're at their home base, they need to feel safe," Obama said. "We don't yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again."

Fort Hood Was The Scene Of A Mass Shooting In 2009, Where 13 People Were Killed And More Than 30 Were Wounded. It Was The Worst Shooting Ever To Take Place On An American Military Base.

Fort Hood Police SWAT responds to the shooting

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Several individuals, including Senator Joe Lieberman, General Barry McCaffrey, and others have called the 2009 event a terrorist attack. The United States Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies have classified the shootings as an act of workplace violence.

U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, pictured, a psychiatrist, killed 13 people and injured dozens more inside the Texas Army base. He is on military death row

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Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of a series of e-mails between Hasan and the Yemen-based imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. The failure to prevent the shootings led the Defense Department and the FBI to commission investigations, and Congress to hold hearings.

Transfer cases containing the remains of soldiers killed in the shooting being loaded aboard an aircraft for flight to Dover Air Force Base

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