Fort Hood Shooting: 4 Dead, Several Injured
Ellisha Rader Mannering
A shooting that occurred at Fort Hood has left four people dead including the shooter, and several others injured. The shooter has been identified as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez. Police have also said that a second shooter may be at large.
Details of the shooting are still sketchy, but the national security team is working in the area to determine what exactly happened and a possible motive for the shooting. President Obama released a statement Wednesday evening saying,
“The situation is fluid right now. … Any shooting is troubling. We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. I don’t what on the comment on facts until we know exactly what happened. But just for now I would hope that everyone across the country keep the families of Fort Hood in our thoughts and our prayers. … We don’t yet know what happened tonight but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again.”
A similar incident occurred at Fort Hood in 2009 when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people during a shooting. At his trial, Hasan called himself a Muslim holy warrior, and was happy to take responsibility for the shooting. He was convicted and received the death penalty in August 2013.
The recent shooting brought back bad memories of the one that occurred in 2009, but police do not believe Wednesday’s shooting is related to terrorism.
“The scenes coming from Ft. Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement Wednesday. ” No community should have to go through this horrific violence once, let alone twice.”
Why do you think Ft. Hood has been the site of two shootings and do you think the incidents could be related?
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