Four Reported Dead In Fort Hood Shooting, President Obama Responds


Earlier today, a shooter opened fire at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. According to the Washington Post, at least four people are dead including the shooter, who died from a self inflicted wound. More than a dozen have been injured. The base was on lockdown for most of the afternoon after the shooting and was lifted shortly before 9 p.m. local time. A similar shooting occurred on the same base in 2009. It resulted in 13 deaths and 32 injuries, making it the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history. In a press conference, President Obama spoke briefly about the tragedy. “I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened,” he said. “We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again.”

UPDATE: On Wednesday (April 2), reports of a shooting on the Fort Hood military base in Texas occurred after four people including the gunman were killed, injuring 16 people, CNN states. Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, was undergoing treatments for depression, sleep disorders, and anxiety, but investigators have yet to find any motives for Lopez’s actions, officials said. The Iraq War veteran died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. The gun used, a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol, was of Lopez’s personal use, but not registered on the base, breaking the rules of the military establishment, Lt. Gen, Mark Milley said. Authorities are still looking into the incident.