A shooter opened fire at the Fort Hood, Texas army base Wednesday evening, with Fox News reporting that at least 4 people have been killed — including the gunman — and as many as 14 injured.
The attack is believed to have begun around 5 PM central time, when the base’s Twitter account urged everyone on-base to shelter in place. 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez, dead from what may be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, has been identified as the shooter. Some reports still claim a second gunman may be involved, but that looks increasingly less likely.
Lopez apparently moved through at least two buildings, the Medical Brigade Building and the Battle Simulation Center, shooting as he went.
The nearby Central Texas College has been evacuated, and county police are assisting military police in securing Fort Hood’s perimeter. The base remains on lockdown.
It’s another dark chapter in Fort Hood’s troubled history, which saw 13 people killed and many more wounded in November 2009 after Army Major Nidal Hassan opened fire in an Islamic terrorist attack.
A Fox News report from Monday claimed that the FBI and military security is searching for an ex-Army recruit planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers.” But the author of the report said Wednesday evening that the same sources told her this afternoon’s attack is “in no way related to her reporting from yesterday,” and other outlets confirm that interpretation.
Some news outlets are calling the shooting a “soldier on soldier” incident, although that also remains unconfirmed. Major Hassan’s attack, of course, could also be counted as a “soldier on soldier” event.
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