4 dead, 16 injured in shooting at Fort Hood; shooter dead
A suspected shooter at Fort Hood, Texas, is dead, but the situation is still considered an active scene, multiple U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday.
The Army installation, in an evening statement, said it had an initial report that a shooter was dead, “but this is unconfirmed.”
“The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time,” it said.
Fox News is reporting four people are dead including the shooter. Another 14 are injured.
Fox News identified the shooter as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez.
The initial report is the incident started as a soldier-on-soldier attack, law enforcement sources told CNN. The initial assessment is the incident is not terror-related, the sources said.
President Barack Obama was briefed and spoke Wednesday evening about the incident.
“The situation is fluid right now … I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened,” the President said. “We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again.“
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also was monitoring the situation.
Sheriff’s deputies from Bell County and state troopers are assisting by securing the area around the post, according to Bell County Sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams.
Authorities in the town of Killeen, just outside the gates, are also standing by to help, said Mayor Dan Corbin.
“It is unclear what is going on right now,” Corbin said. “We have been in touch with appropriate personnel, we are standing by with our police and ambulances, if needed. We are very concerned. Fort Hood is always there for us and we want to be there for them.”
He continued: “They are used to dealing with combat situations, and I’m sure they are very capable of handling this.”
Police in nearby Waco advised those on post to stay away from windows and to keep doors closed and locked.
“Injuries are being reported. Be AWARE!! If you are in the Ft. Hood Post area there is an on-going active shooter,” the department tweeted.
Deke Jones, with Scott & White Memorial Hospital, told CNN his facility was receiving patients.
“I don’t have a number,” he said.
On November 5, 2009, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and injuring 32.
He shot fellow soldiers at the processing center. Prosecutors maintained that the American-born Muslim underwent a progressive radicalization that led to the massacre at the Army post.
Hasan allegedly picked that day because it was when the units he was scheduled to deploy with to Afghanistan were scheduled to go through the processing center.
The former Army psychiatrist was convicted of premeditated murder, and a military jury recommended that Hasan be put to death.
According to the Fort Hood website, the post is one of the largest in the world with 45,414 assigned soldiers and 8,900 civilian employees.
The installation, which encompasses 214,000 acres, is home to two divisions — the Army’s 1st Calvary and the 4th Infantry (Mechanized). There are also 12 other units attached or based there.