4 reported dead in Fort Hood shooting
Officials at Ft. Hood said they have received an initial report that a shooter at the base was dead.
Los Angeles Times
KILLEEN, Texas — Authorities are investigating a shooting at Ft. Hood that left four people dead and 14 others injured, according to a Texas congressman. The sprawling military base was on lockdown as investigators tried to determine whether there was a second gunman.
Officials at Ft. Hood said they have received an initial report that a shooter at the base was dead. But McCaul said the shooter was among four who are dead. In an interview with CNN, he described the shooting as “soldier on soldier” and said terrorism was not suspected.
Ft. Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services said that injured personnel were being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene.
The number of injured are not confirmed at this time, a statement said. No further details were released.
A spokesperson for Darnall Medical Center told The Los Angeles Times that victims were being treated there, but declined to describe their injuries or the number of patients.
Ft. Hood remains on lockdown and everyone at the Texas Army base is to “shelter in place.”
President Obama, who was traveling in Chicago, said “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.”
“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” he said.
The 1st Cavalry Division, which is based at Ft. Hood, sent a Twitter alert telling people on base to close doors and stay away from windows.
A spokeswoman for the base declined to comment. A spokesman for the local sheriff’s office did not immediately have information on the incident.
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.
Prosecutors said that Hasan, a Muslim, was motivated by a “jihad duty” to kill soldiers. Hasan, who acted as his own attorney, rarely challenged prosecutors, admitting to the shooting at trial. In his opening arguments, he contended that his religious beliefs led him to switch sides and attack fellow soldiers to save fellow Muslims.
Hasan carried out his rampage in a center in which soldiers preparing for combat deployments were being processed. Witnesses testified that he shouted “God is great” in Arabic before opening fire.