News / USA

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.
Greg Flakus
— 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.
 
Fort HoodFort Hood
x
Fort Hood
Fort Hood
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

You May Like

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

Nigerian Islamic School Tries to Combat Boko Haram

Kaduna school headmaster teaches his students that what militants are doing is are doing is 'a total misunderstanding of the Islamic religion' More

University Trains Students to Advocate for Deaf People Worldwide

Program prepares graduates to advocate internationally for access to education, jobs for people with disabilities More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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!!!

In Response

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?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid