Investigators search home of gunman

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT HOOD, Texas Investigators today have been searching the home of the man who opened fire yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas, killing three people and wounding more than a dozen others before taking his own life.

A spokesman at Fort Hood say they've also been questioning the wife of the soldier, who's been identified as Ivan (ee-VAHN') Lopez.

A top Army official says the soldier had seen a psychiatrist last month, and didn't show any signs of being a threat to himself or others. Army Secretary John McHugh adds that there are no apparent ties to extremist groups.

He says the soldier didn't see any combat during a four-month deployment to Iraq in 2011.

A woman who lived in the same apartment complex as Lopez near Fort Hood says not many people knew him or his wife very well, because they had just moved in a few weeks ago. She says she would see Lopez in uniform going to his car every morning, and that he was friendly.

At a hospital that's treating nine of the survivors of the shooting, doctors say at least three are in critical condition today, but they are expected to survive.

Updated at 2:08 PM
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UPDATE: 5:55 -
(AP) -- A U.S. law enforcement official says the suspected gunman at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas is now believed to be dead.

Fort Hood confirmed the shooting on the base in a brief statement Wednesday evening. The statement also said emergency crews were on the scene and that further details were not yet known.

The official says reports circulating within the Justice Department indicate the shooter has died of what appears to be a self-inflicted wound. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing.

The identity of the shooter and the number of victims were not immediately known.

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UPDATE 5:35 -

(AP) A senior U.S. defense official says one person is dead and 14 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the information publicly.

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Fort Hood says there's been a shooting at the Texas Army base and that there have been injuries.

The base posted a statement online Wednesday. It said emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are known.

The base was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in what was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in history.


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