3 April 2014 - Another deadly rampage at Fort Hood
Fort Hood soldier kills three, wounds 16 before taking own life
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
A U.S. soldier with mental health issues shot dead three people and injured at least 16 on Wednesday before taking his own life at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another deadly rampage in 2009, U.S. military officials said.
The soldier, who was being treated for depression and anxiety, went to two buildings on the base and opened fire before he was confronted by military police, Fort Hood commanding officer Mark Milley said.
The gunman, whose motive remains unknown, then shot himself in the head with a .45-caliber pistol, he added.
"The shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Milley told a news conference. "At this time there is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism."
Alan Zarembo, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and John M. Glionna (The Los Angeles Times)
The gunman was a soldier, an Iraq war veteran who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, the military said at an evening news conference. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the base commander, refused to identify the gunman but said he had killed himself when confronted by a military policewoman.
Although investigators were ruling nothing out, Milley said, "at this time there is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism."
The FBI was assisting in the investigation.
At least two of the victims were shot multiple times in the abdomen and extremities. The most seriously injured were taken to two local hospitals, including Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, where their conditions ranged from stable to critical, a hospital spokesman said.
Ann Gerhart (The Washington Post)
Soldiers on all military installations, including Fort Hood, are not armed while on post, nor are they permitted to carry any privately owned firearms. Only law enforcement and security personnel are allowed to have weapons on post.
On Fort Hood, the restrictions on personal weapons were expanded in the wake of the 2009 massacre and an epidemic of suicides on post, which is the largest active-duty armored post in the country. Current policy requires soldiers to register their own personal weapons with their commanders and to keep those weapons in the arms room.
A site welcoming new soldiers to Fort Hood uses red text and multiple exclamation marks to say all privately owned weapons must be registered at the visitor center before the owner enters the installation.
Tom Dart (The Guardian)
Four people were killed, including one who died of a self-inflicted wound, during a shooting incident on Wednesday at Fort Hood, an enormous US army base in Texas that five years ago was the site of the worst mass killing on an American military installation.
A further 16 people were injured, authorities at the base said.
The commander of the base, Lieutenant-General Mark Milley, told a news conference the injured were being treated either at a local hospital or on the base. All were military personnel.
Milley said the incident began about 4pm local time (10pm BST) at an administration building for a medical brigade. The suspect then moved by car to a building that houses a transport battalion. He was confronted by a military police officer and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a parking lot, Milley said.
Milley said the weapon was a .45 calibre Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol bought recently in the local area and not registered with the base, as is required.
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