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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fort Hood Shooting Leaves Four Dead, 16 Others Injured -- Officials Identify the Suspect as Active-Duty Soldier Ivan Lopez -- By Ana Campoy, Nathan Koppel and Devlin Barrett, The Wall Street Journal

KILLEEN, Texas—For the second time in five years, an active-duty soldier is believed to have gone on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, killing three people Wednesday at the U.S. Army post here and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself, officials said.

The incident comes even as emotions remain raw from a 2009 shooting at the post that ended with 13 dead and more than 30 injured. Wednesday's rampage also marks the third time in the past seven months there has been a shooting at a U.S. military base. 

"There is no indication this incident is related to terrorism," Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley said at a news conference Wednesday night.

He added that the suspect had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and had arrived at Fort Hood in February. Gen. Milley said the suspected shooter had exhibited symptoms of depression and anxiety, and was in the process of being diagnosed by military officials for potential post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms before the shooting.

Officials didn't publicly name the suspect pending notice to next of kin, but people familiar with the situation identified him as Ivan Lopez, a soldier who worked as a truck driver. The shooting occurred in a motor-pool area of the base where vehicles are stored and repaired and in a medical administration building, said officials briefed on the matter.
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