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    Another shooting at Fort Hood, Texas



    Lt Gen Mark Milley describes the final moments before the gunman shot himself



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    A shooting at the US Army's Fort Hood base in Texas has left four people dead - including a gunman who died from self-inflicted wounds - and 16 injured.

    The suspect's name is known but next of kin have not yet been informed, military officials said.

    President Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" over the attack.

    A gun rampage at the same base in 2009 left 13 soldiers dead and 32 wounded. Maj Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for that attack.


    'Sacrifice'

    The all-clear has now sounded at the base and cars are leaving the complex.

    US military spokesman Lt Gen Mark Milley told reporters that there was so far no indication that the shootings were related to terrorism but it had not been ruled out.

    Gen Milley said that the suspect had served in Iraq and was being assessed to see if he had post-traumatic stress disorder. He said that the gunman was suffering from depression and anxiety.



    Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" when he heard the news




    Killeen Mayor Daniel Corbin says the community 'feels helpless'


    The general said that it was not clear if the attack was pre-meditated and those wounded and killed were all members of the military.

    The soldier drove to two buildings on the base and opened fire before he was stopped by military police, in an incident that lasted between 15 and 20 minutes. He then shot himself in the head with a .45-calibre pistol, Gen Milley said.



    Luci Hamlin and her husband Specialist Timothy Hamlin wait to be allowed back into the camp




    A 2009 satellite image of Fort Hood following the earlier shooting incident




    The all clear has now been sounded




    The 2009 rampage left 13 soldiers dead

    A "shelter in place" order had been issued for Fort Hood when news of the "active shooter" broke earlier on Wednesday.

    The 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, sent a Twitter alert telling people to close doors and stay away from windows.

    A number of US media sites named the gunman as 34-year-old enlisted soldier, Ivan Lopez.


    Fort Hood

    • Created in 1942 out of 108,000 acres of Texas farming land and initially known as Camp Hood
    • Home to almost 95,000 troops at height of World War Two
    • Eight years after officially opened, Camp Hood became permanent military installation and was renamed Fort Hood
    • One of the largest military installations in the world, with nearly 65,000 soldiers
    • Divided into three sections: the main cantonment, West Fort Hood, and North Fort Hood.
    • Units from the base have been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and US hurricane relief operations
    Mr Obama earlier said this was a "fluid" situation he was following closely.

    "I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened," he told reporters in Chicago.

    Mr Obama said Ford Hood had sacrificed so much for freedom.

    "We know these families. We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make. Obviously our thoughts and prayers... are with the entire community," he said.

    Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel called the shooting a "terrible tragedy".

    Daniel Corbin, mayor of nearby Killeen in Texas, told the BBC he felt nearly "indescribable" grief for those involved.

    "We pray for them when they are deployed. We try to take care of their families and we're really close as a community to Fort Hood," he said. "You wish you could, you know, give some immediate help, but you can't."



    Maj Hasan was sentenced to death last September over the 2009 shooting rampage.
    He claimed he opened fire at the army base to protect Taliban insurgents from US troops who were about to deploy to Afghanistan.

    It was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in US history


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    "More of the same."

    I expect more "talk" show to "discuss" this, argue, pontificate, and speculate.

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    Something very dodgy going on at that military base...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Something very dodgy going on at that military base...
    It's a secret CIA mind experiment in cognitive dissonance, they want to see what happens when you cram together thousands of people who have been asked to risk their lives countless times and have killed or murdered many civilians in two failed wars that have achieved nothing.

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    Its frightening when these guys are let loose on civvy st,considering the horrendous situations they go through on combat duty.

    here a link to some cases

    Military Murder Charges Reveal Terror Groups Inside Army - Bloomberg

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    They died for their country, America calls it friendly fire.
    The term for civilian deaths is collateral damage.
    That's how the USA media explain such things.

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    It must have been the Muzzies ...

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    No... it MUST be Obama's fault!!!

    Where is Boon Mee and his wonderful cut and paste blogs when you need them?

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    Fort Hood gunman had 'leave dispute' before shooting



    Army Specialist Ivan Lopez was reportedly being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder


    A soldier who killed three men at a US Army base on Wednesday had an argument over a request for leave shortly before the shooting, reports say.

    Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, was denied leave to attend to family matters, officials speaking on condition of anonymity told US media.

    He also wounded 16 people before shooting himself at the Fort Hood base.

    The soldier's father said on Friday he "could not have been in his right frame of mind" during the attack.

    Spc Lopez is alleged to have walked into one of the buildings of the Fort Hood base and opened fire with a .45-calibre semi-automatic pistol.

    He then got into a vehicle and continued firing before entering another building and opening fire again. He was eventually stopped by military police, shooting himself in the head when confronted by a female officer in the car park, officials say




    'Agitated and disrespectful'


    The New York Times, quoting an unnamed official, said Spc Lopez was agitated and disrespectful when his request for leave was denied.

    He had reportedly sought time off to deal with family matters relating to the recent death of his mother.

    An Army spokesman declined to comment on the nature of the argument but confirmed that the soldier had become angry with other members of his unit before the attack. Two of those killed belonged to his unit.

    However, he added there was still "no concrete motive" for the attack and it might never be known why the shooting had taken place.

    Officials have previously confirmed that Spc Lopez was being treated for depression and anxiety.

    He was also undergoing evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder following service in Iraq.

    The dead men were formally named on Friday as Sgt First Class Daniel Ferguson, 39.

    Staff Sgt Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, who was 38, and 37-year-old Army Sgt Timothy Owens.


    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26899709

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