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    Official: Fort Hood Shooter Showed No Suicidal Tendencies

    Army Secretary John M. McHugh, left, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno update members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the deadly shooting rampage by a soldier yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas, April 3, 2014.
    Army Secretary John M. McHugh, left, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno update members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the deadly shooting rampage by a soldier yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas, April 3, 2014.
    The suspected shooter who killed three people at the U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas before killing himself was being seen by a psychiatrist and showed no signs of violence or suicidal tendencies, U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh said on Thursday.

    McHugh also told a U.S. Senate committee there was no indication that the soldier was involved with any extremist organizations.  
     
    Speaking to reporters at Fort Hood's main gate late Wednesday, Lt. General Mark Milley said the shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez, was stationed at the base and had died at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    • Military personnel and civilians wait in a parking lot outside the Fort Hood military base for updates about the shooting that occurred inside, April 2, 2014.
    • Krystina Cassidy and Dianna Simpson attempt to make contact with their husbands who are stationed inside Fort Hood, while standing outside of the Bernie Beck Gate, April 2, 2014.
    • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside, April 2, 2014.
    • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley addresses the media during a news conference at the entrance to Fort Hood Army Post in Texas, April 2, 2014.

    Milley said the weapon used was a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been purchased off base. He said the exact sequence of events was still under investigation, but that from what is known the perpetrator carried out the shooting with cold determination.
     
    "It is believed that he walked into one of the unit buildings, opened fire, got into a vehicle, fired from the vehicle, got out of the vehicle, entered another building and opened fire again and then was engaged by local law enforcement," said Milley.
     
    Although Milley said the shooter had not been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he was being treated for mental issues that may have been related to his service in Iraq in 2011.
     
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    Fort Hood was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009 that resulted in 13 deaths and more than 30 people wounded. The shooter in that incident, Major Nidal Hasan, was wounded by military police and left paralyzed from the waist down. Last year he was convicted of carrying out the attack and sentenced to life in prison.
     
    Hasan admitted to the shooting, claiming he had been motivated by his Muslim faith. Evidence presented in that case showed he had been influenced by radical Islamic clerics who advocate terrorism. Officials say there is no evidence yet of any terrorist connection with this latest shooting.
     
    President Barack Obama vowed to get to the bottom of what happened Wednesday at Fort Hood and said he was heartbroken that something like this had happened again at the base.

    Some information for this report provided by Reuters

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    by: Jeff from: Wilkes
    April 05, 2014 6:46 AM
    True. Sounds like medications likely caused an altered state.

    by: Dr. Connelly Baker from: Nassau County Medical
    April 03, 2014 11:22 AM
    And was the shooter on prescription drugs??? OF COURSE!! But no mention of that here. VERY IRONIC.

    by: Susan Giangrasso from: USA
    April 03, 2014 11:12 AM
    VOA, why is there NO MENTION of the Big Pharm drugs, the shooter was on, provided by Merck or one of the other Monster companies in this article??? VOA?

    by: Mrs. Janet Mealburp from: Miami
    April 03, 2014 10:11 AM
    Yesterday’s mass shooting at Fort Hood which left four soldiers dead and 16 injured underscores the urgent need to disarm the entire U.S. military with immediate effect. If that argument sounds crazy that’s because it is, but it’s not far removed from how the establishment media, INCLUDING VOA, and gun control advocates react whenever there is a mass shooting anywhere else in the United States. There will not be a sustained resurrection of the gun control debate in the aftermath of yesterday’s Fort Hood shooting because the most ardent gun control advocates firmly believe that the state should have a monopoly on weapons.

    In reality, they are not gun control advocates at all but hardcore statistics whose primary motivation is to prevent Americans from having the ability to defend themselves – either from common criminals or a government gone rogue as outlined in the Declaration of Independence. Despite the fact that yesterday’s tragic shooting was caused by an argument between soldiers had nothing whatsoever to do with the second amendment, axed CNN host Piers Morgan still couldn’t resist the urge to exploit the incident to once again push his RABID anti-gun agenda.

    The complete disconnect between the nature of the incident and Morgan’s skewed argument again underscores the utter lunacy that drives the gun control lobby. Morgan was immediately called out on his ludicrous statement. It was left to journalist Katie Pavlich to skewer Morgan’s rampant idiocy. Pavlich also pointed out that it was Fort Hood’s strict rules on barring access to guns that in all likelihood prolonged the mass shooting by causing a delay in the time it took to neutralize the gunman.

    Rest assured, that WENCH, Diane Feinstein, is foaming at the mouth to further her draconian agenda to rid the people of their second amendment rights.
    It is time the pharmaceutical companies are brought to justice. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
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    by: Simon Lowell from: USA
    April 03, 2014 11:01 AM
    Right on the money! And as everyone whom has eyes to see, and don't have their head buried under the sand, will notice that the media REFUSES TO MENTION THE FACT THAT THE SHOOTER WAS ON PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS!

    by: meanbill from: USA
    April 03, 2014 9:54 AM
    CRAZY isn't it? .... Obama is always promising to "Get to the bottom of it, with thorough investigations" on the killing of (4) Americans, to this Fort Hood killing, the IRS scandal, etc? ---Getting to the bottom of things?

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