Who was Fort Hood gunman?

Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:31 AM
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FORT   HOOD , Texas  — Officials at Fort   Hood   have released few details about the gunman who killed three people before taking his own life in a shooting Wednesday at the sprawling Army base. Here's what we know about the gunman.

  • His name is Ivan Lopez. He is married, has other family members and lives in the Fort   Hood   area, having arrived at the post in February from another military base in Texas. He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort   Hood , which is a logistics and support unit. Officials did not release his rank on Wednesday, but said he was not in the process of leaving the Army.
  • Lopez served for four months in Iraq in 2011. He was not wounded in action while serving overseas, but self-reported a traumatic brain injury upon his return to the U.S. "He was not a wounded warrior," said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer at Fort   Hood . "He was not wounded in action, to our records, no Purple Heart, not wounded in action in that regard."
  •  Lopez had several mental health issues. He was taking medication and receiving psychiatric help for depression and anxiety, and was undergoing a process to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder. "We do not know a motive," Milley said. "We do know that this soldier had behavioral health and mental health issues, and was being treated for that."
  • Lopez had one weapon, a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, that was not registered with post authorities as required. Authorities don't yet know how much ammunition he was carrying.
  • Lopez died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He killed himself in a parking lot at the base transportation brigade's administration building, after he was confronted by a military policewoman. "It was clearly heroic, what she did at that moment in time," Milley said. "She did her job, and she did exactly what we would expect of United States Army military police."
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Sources: Milley; U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, the chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee; AP reporting.

Ivan Lopez

A spokeswoman for the Puerto Rico National Guard on Thursday said Ivan Lopez was from the U.S. territory and joined the island's National Guard in 1999.

Lt. Col Ruth Diaz says Lopez went on a peace and security mission to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in the mid-2000s. He left the Puerto Rico National Guard in 2010 to join the U.S. Army.

-- Associated Press

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/14 - 07:48 am
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Now watch the gun haters come out

It is a mental health problem..
MENTAL
MENTAL
MENTAL

tckr1983
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tckr1983 04/03/14 - 08:03 am
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I could finally get behind this terminology for once...

Fundamental transformation of the way news is presented to us by the American media. Lets honor the victims and the bullet that took this guy out, he should be mentioned with the trash and only then. How many of these will it take to allow soldiers to carry on base, its the military for crying out loud!

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 04/03/14 - 08:15 am
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Very sad

1 in 5 soldiers returning from Iraq suffer from PTSD - this must be addressed - I have seen them - they are nuts

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/03/14 - 09:46 am
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People go into the military with problems...

...from the first 18 or 20 years of their lives. These problems persist -- the military can't cure all your problems in 8 weeks of Basic Training. Then when their preexisting civilian problems surface all the trendy lefties whine and moan that the military caused them. Feh.

Kos
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Kos 04/03/14 - 10:03 am
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NRA and Conservatives call a
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NRA and Conservatives call a press conference to silent gun haters.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 04/03/14 - 10:22 am
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I take medication for Major

I take medication for Major Depression Disorder and PTSD. His doctor did not give him the right treatment. We need to be aware of people who diagnosis with mental issues like (Depression and PTSD) can explode at anytime. That's why I don't go to social gathering cause of mental issues. It only take for person to say the wrong thing and that can trigger the other dark side.

john
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john 04/03/14 - 10:57 am
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again

an unstable person bought a gun. This may be insensitive, but IMHO being treated for mental health issues should somehow be flagged in the background check system. Just checking the box on the paperwork that you dont have any problems isnt good enough. Im sure the person who sold him the gun is throwing up in the bathroom right now. I dont mean any disrespect to our servicepeople who suffer from PTSD and other mental health issues.

raul
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raul 04/03/14 - 01:20 pm
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@Dixieman. A poignant point.

@Dixieman. A poignant point.

happychimer
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happychimer 04/03/14 - 02:10 pm
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The base commander in a news

The base commander in a news conference last night said that all weapons entering the base are required to be registered with the base, and the shooter's was not. He also said it is illegal to carry concealed weapons on base, even if you have a permit to carry one. A reporter tried to argue with the commander about no concealed weapons on base, and he told the reporter he was not going to carry on a conversation with him about that law.

happychimer
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happychimer 04/03/14 - 04:54 pm
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If you don't believe me then

If you don't believe me then watch the news conference from last night.

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