Officials Confirm: Four Dead, Including Gunman, 16 Injured in Fort Hood Shooting

This is the second shooting at the Texas military base in nearly five years.

The soldiers memorial reads the date November 5, 2009 at a remembrance service recognizing the 13 victims killed in the Ft. Hood attacks on the one year anniversary in Killeen, Texas on November 5, 2010. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, is currently standing trial for killing 13 and wounding 30 during a shooting rampage on November 5, 2009.
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Brian Resnick and Marina Koren
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April 2, 2014, 2:05 p.m.

A shoot­ing at Fort Hood in Texas on Wed­nes­day has left four people dead, in­clud­ing the gun­man, and 16 wounded, ac­cord­ing to mil­it­ary of­fi­cials.

“The shoot­er is dead from a self-in­flic­ted gun­shot wound,” Lt. Gen. Mark A. Mil­ley, the com­mand­ing of­ficer at the mil­it­ary post in Killeen, told re­port­ers Wed­nes­day night. “In re­gard to the in­vest­ig­a­tion, at this time, there is no in­dic­a­tion that this in­cid­ent is re­lated to ter­ror­ism, al­though we are not rul­ing any­thing out.”

While Mil­ley would not re­veal the name or rank of the shoot­er, a sol­dier, he con­firmed the fol­low­ing:

  • The shoot­er was male.
  • All wounded or killed in the shoot­ing were mem­bers of the U.S. mil­it­ary.
  • The shoot­er served four months in Ir­aq in 2011, where he sus­tained a “trau­mat­ic brain in­jury.” He ar­rived at Fort Hood in Feb­ru­ary.
  • The shoot­er was be­ing ex­amined for pos­sible men­tal health prob­lems, in­clud­ing posttrau­mat­ic stress dis­order. He had not re­ceived a dia­gnos­is at the time of the shoot­ing.
  • He used a re­cently pur­chased .45-caliber Smith & Wesson semi­auto­mat­ic pis­tol dur­ing the shoot­ing.
  • His fam­ily, which lives in the area, has not yet been no­ti­fied.
  • There is no known motive for the crime, and of­fi­cials are “dig­ging deep in­to his back­ground.” 

The shoot­ing oc­curred at around 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. EST. A shel­ter-in-place or­der was put in­to ef­fect, and the Army base re­mained in lock­down un­til the or­der was lif­ted four hours later. In­jured per­son­nel were trans­por­ted to Carl R. Dar­nall Med­ic­al Cen­ter and oth­er nearby hos­pit­als.

Waco tele­vi­sion sta­tion KCEN is live stream­ing cov­er­age of the in­cid­ent here.

Pres­id­ent Obama, in Chica­go, spoke to sev­er­al re­port­ers Wed­nes­day night about the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to pool re­ports. “We’re all fol­low­ing it closely,” he said. “The situ­ation is flu­id right now, but my na­tion­al se­cur­ity team is in close con­tact not just with the De­fense De­part­ment but with the FBI.

“We don’t yet know what happened to­night, but ob­vi­ously that sense of safety has been broken once again,” he ad­ded. “We need to find out ex­actly what happened.”

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In 2009, Fort Hood was the scene of a shoot­ing that killed 13 people, car­ried out by a mil­it­ary psy­chi­at­rist who pro­claimed ji­had against the United States.

Gen. Mar­tin De­mp­sey, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also re­leased a state­ment.

“Our thoughts and pray­ers are with the Fort Hood com­munity in the af­ter­math of this tragedy,” he said. “Many ques­tions re­main and our fo­cus is on sup­port­ing the vic­tims and their fam­il­ies…. This is a com­munity that has faced and over­come crises with re­si­li­ence and strength.”

Of­fi­cials at Scott and White Me­mori­al Hos­pit­al, 30 miles from Fort Hood, told re­port­ers the in­jured vic­tims are in ser­i­ous con­di­tion.

“We were first no­ti­fied shortly after 5 this even­ing that there was a shoot­ing in­cid­ent that oc­curred over on the fort,” a hos­pit­al spokes­man said after the shoot­ing. “Over the next couple of hours we have re­ceived now a total of four pa­tients who have been trans­ferred to our [hos­pit­al]. Two more are en route, I un­der­stand right now. And we’re pre­par­ing to take those im­me­di­ately to the op­er­at­ing room be­cause they have some very, very severe in­jur­ies. So that’s kind of where we are with this.”

De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel called the shoot­ing a “ter­rible tragedy” in a state­ment. “My sym­path­ies go out to this strong and re­si­li­ent com­munity, which has ex­per­i­enced this kind of sense­less vi­ol­ence all too re­cently,” he said.

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