(KILLEEN, TX) — The soldier who gunned down three people Wednesday at Fort Hood in Killeen before killing himself was a combat veteran who suffered from “mental issues” and was “under diagnosis” for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a Fort Hood commander said.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley told reporters that a motive has not been identified, but there is “no indication” the incident is related to terrorism, although investigators are not ruling anything out.
In addition to the four deaths, 16 people were injured in the shooting.
A clear timeline has not yet been established, but the shooter reportedly shot multiple people on the post with a .45-caliber semi-automatic gun. That weapon was recently purchased, Milley said, and it was not registered at the post as required.
The gunman encountered a Military Police officer, Milley said. She engaged, and he reportedly reached into his jacket, pulled out his gun and shot himself in the head.
Milley said the military has identified the gunman, but he declined to release his name or rank until next of kin has been notified, per military protocol. He said the man served four months in Iraq in 2011 and had self-reported brain injuries, depression and anxiety. He arrived at Fort Hood from another post in February, Milley said.
All of those killed and wounded were in the military. Injured personnel were transported to Scott and White Hospital nearby. In a news conference, Scott and White officials said they had patients with shots to the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities. They ranged in condition “from stable to critical.”
Numerous law enforcement agencies were at the scene, including the FBI and ATF.
Fort Hood ordered everyone at the post to “shelter in place” immediately. The order was sent around 5 p.m. Wednesday on the post’s Twitter feed and posted on its Facebook page.
All-clear sirens sounded shortly before 9 p.m. after the post was on lock-down for almost four hours.
President Obama made a statement Wednesday evening, saying his national security team was “working with folks on the ground to determine exactly what happened and to ensure that everyone is secure.”
“Any shooting is troubling,” the president said. “We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. … I would hope that everyone across the country keep the families of Fort Hood in our thoughts and our prayers.”
Unfortunately, this is something officials at Fort Hood have experience with. The post was the site of a mass shooting in 2009, when Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 in what was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in history.
Milley said everyone’s response in this incident displayed lessons learned from that fateful day in 2009.
He added that the focus now is on the casualties and their families. He closed the press conference Wednesday night by asking for thoughts and prayers.
“We will get through this,” he said.
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the shooting:
“Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the FBI.
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ABC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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