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Lt. Gen. Mark Milley

Four Killed, Fourteen Wounded
By Harold Hutchison

Fort Hood was hit by the second mass shooting in five years yesterday, leaving four people dead and 16 wounded. As many as six of the wounded were in critical condition according to some reports.

According to a release from Fort Hood, the shooter was a 34-year-old specialist assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command. The shooter opened fire in a building used by the 1st Medical Brigade. According to media reports, the shooter had been prescribed Ambien, and had served for four months in Iraq, but reports stated he did not see any combat. The London Daily Mail reported that the shooter was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The shooter’s rampage was stopped when he was confronted by a female MP. The shooter then killed himself. A statement from Fort Hood stated that “there is no indication at this time that this incident is related to terrorism.” Reports also stated that the shooter had been upset about being unable to attend the funerals of his mother and grandmother.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called the incident “a terrible tragedy for the Fort Hood community, the Department of Defense, and for the nation,” adding that his “thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. And my sympathies go out to this strong and resilient community, which has experienced this kind of senseless violence all too recently.”

Fort Hood is considered a “gun free zone” zone. While Texas has one of the more liberal concealed-carry laws in the country, the post itself forbids soldiers assigned there to carry firearms.

Representative Mike McCaul (R-TX), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called for reviewing the policy, saying, “The problem here, and with Fort Hood, the prior Nidal Hasan case, was that they couldn’t defend themselves because they were not allowed to carry weapons. So I think the policymakers, Congress, we need to revisit this procedure, this policy, to see if we should arm them so they can better protect themselves.”

The investigation is still ongoing.