Ft. Hood shooting was reportedly ‘soldier on soldier’ incident
(FoxNews) A shooting at Ft. Hood that reportedly left at least four dead — including the shooter — and 14 injured Wednesday was a “soldier on soldier” incident without any preliminary terrorism link, a senior Department of Homeland Security source told FoxNews.com.
A senior law enforcement official tells Fox News that at least four people, including the gunman, died in the shooting and 14 were injured, but there was no immediate information on the condition of the injured.
The Homeland Security source, who stressed the information was preliminary, added that there was “currently no [counter terrorism] nexus” and said it appears the shooter killed himself.
Senior U.S. officials confirmed the shooter’s identity as Spc. Ivan Lopez, who was based at Ft. Hood.
President Obama said the U.S. government will get to the bottom of what happened in the shooting, and said officials are doing everything they can to make sure everyone is secure.
“We’re heartbroken that something like this might’ve happened again,” Obama said.
A worker at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, which is located at Ft. Hood, told Fox News they were treating two patients who were wounded in the shooting. The worker says doctors have been told to expect more, although it’s unclear how many more they might be expecting.
“It’s chaos,” a source outside the hospital told FoxNews.com. “I see lots of ambulances coming in. There are helicopters everywhere.”
The sheriff’s office dispatched deputies and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the nearby Texas Army base, Bell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Donnie Adams said.
Fort Hood ordered everyone at the base to “shelter in place.” The order was sent on the base’s Twitter feed and posted on its Facebook page.
The 1st Calvary Division, which is based at Fort Hood, sent a Twitter alert telling people on base to close doors and stay away from windows.
President Obama has been informed of the shooting and will continue to receive updates, the White House said.
In 2009, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist who had become a radical Muslim while serving in the military, killed 13 people and injured dozens more inside the Army base in Killeen, Texas. Hasan, who represented himself at a military trial after clashing with his appointed attorneys, was sentenced to death in August.