KILLEEN, Texas (CNN) — Authorities have identified the man who opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas on Wednesday, killing three people before committing suicide, as Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, an Iraq war veteran.
Sixteen more people were injured Wednesday when he opened fire at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army post in Texas where another mass shooting there left 13 dead in 2009, officials said.
The suspect “had behavioral health and mental health” issues, Milley told reporters late Wednesday.
The general said there was no known motive for the shooting.
“There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism, although we are not ruling anything out,” he said.
The initial report is the incident started as a soldier-on-soldier attack, law enforcement sources told CNN.
Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, was treating eight patients with another expected to arrive shortly, said Dr. Glen Couchman, the chief medical officer. Three patients were in critical condition, while “the remaining are all seriously injured,” he said.
Other patients were taken to Darnall Army Medical Center, not far from the Medical Brigade building where the shooting occurred, according a soldier who lives nearby and spoke on the condition of anonymity.President Obama, who was in Chicago, said late Wednesday that he was “heartbroken something like this might have happened again.”
“We’re following it closely. 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,” said the president, flanked by an American flag as he addressed reporters inside a Chicago steakhouse.
The chaos began in late afternoon at the base just outside Killeen, a town of 127,000 residents that consists of military members and their families. A stream of police cars arrived at the base as service members, followed by family members. congregated outside the gate.
In 2009, the sprawling base was the site of the deadliest mass shooting on a military facility in the U.S. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 others wounded.
Last August, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the attack on Nov. 5, 2009. The same military jury deliberated for less than two hours before sentencing him to death.