Multiple people were killed and others injured Wednesday when a shooter opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, a senior military official and law enforcement official told. The officials said the suspected shooter was among the dead. The initial report is the incident started as a soldier-on-soldier attack, law enforcement sources told. The initial assessment is the incident is not terror-related, the sources said. The Army installation, in an evening statement, said it had an initial report that a shooter was dead, “but this is unconfirmed.”
President Barack Obama was briefed and spoke Wednesday evening about the incident. “The situation is fluid right now … I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened,” the President said. “We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again.”
A shooting incident has taken place at the Texas Army base that was the site of a gun rampage in 2009 that left 13 soldiers dead and 32 wounded. A senior US official said one person was dead and at least 14 injured, but other reports spoke of four dead. The shooting is said to have occurred at the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center, located on the base. President Barack Obama said he was “heartbroken” over the news and vowed to investigate fully. Officials at nearby Baylor Scott & White hospital told reporters they had so far received four patients with gunshot injuries, and were expecting to receive two more.
Killeen Mayor Daniel Corbin says the community ‘feels helpless’ Their conditions ranged from stable to critical, with injuries including gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen. 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. Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services told US media it had received reports, though unconfirmed, that the gunman was dead.
“Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary,” said Gov. Rick Perry. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement that no community should have to experience such violence once, let alone twice. “Tonight, Texans’ hearts are once again very heavy. The scenes coming from Fort Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories,” he said.
According to the Fort Hood website, the post is one of the largest in the world with 45,414 assigned soldiers and 8,900 civilian employees. The installation, which encompasses 214,000 acres, is home to two divisions — the Army’s 1st Calvary and the 4th Infantry (Mechanized). There are 12 other units attached or based there.