2014 Fort Hood shooting

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2014 Fort Hood shooting
Bell FortHood.svg
Location of the main cantonment of Fort Hood in Bell County
Location Fort Hood, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates 31°8′33″N 97°47′47″W / 31.14250°N 97.79639°W / 31.14250; -97.79639
Date April 2, 2014
c. 4:00 p.m.–c. 4:08 p.m.[1] (CDT)
Attack type
Spree shooting, shooting, murder-suicide
Weapons .45-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P pistol[2]
Deaths 4 (including the perpetrator)[3][4][5]
Non-fatal injuries
16[6]
Perpetrator Ivan Lopez[7]

On April 2, 2014, a shooting spree occurred at several locations on the Fort Hood military base near Killeen, Texas. Four people, including the gunman, were killed, while sixteen additional people were injured.[8][9] The shooter, 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shootings[edit]

Immediately prior to the shooting, Lopez went to the 49th Transportation Battalion administrative office, where he tried to seek a leave form so he could attend to "family matters", but was informed that he would have to come back later to retrieve it, sparking a verbal altercation between him and several other soldiers. He then left, and at approximately 4:00 p.m., he returned and opened fire with a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P pistol inside the same building, injuring ten soldiers, including Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook, who was one of the soldiers involved in the altercation with Lopez; he was hit four times, being one of the first to be shot during the shooting. Lopez also killed Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson, another soldier involved in the altercation, while the latter was barricading a door that couldn't be locked.

He then got into his car and drove slowly to a motor pool building to which he had been assigned, firing at two soldiers and wounding one of them along the way on 73rd Street. Upon reaching the building, Lopez continued firing inside the office, killing Sgt. Timothy Owens when he approached him and tried to talk him down.[10] He then moved on to the building's vehicle bay area, where he injured two soldiers, and then proceeded to the First Medical Brigade headquarters in his car. Along the way, he shot into a car occupied by two soldiers, wounding the passenger. Reaching the medical building, Lopez injured a soldier walking outside. He then entered the building and fatally shot a soldier at the main entrance desk, Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez; he also wounded another soldier inside.

Approximately eight minutes after the shooting first started, Lopez went to the parking lot of another building, Building 39002, where he was confronted by an unidentified female military police officer, with whom he had a verbal exchange. When he brandished his weapon, the officer fired a shot at him that missed; Lopez responded by committing suicide, shooting himself in the head with his own pistol. At least 35 rounds were fired during the shooting spree, three of which were fired from inside his car. It was later revealed that Lopez, who was in uniform at the time of the shooting, wasn't authorized to carry a concealed firearm.[1][9][11][12][13]

Aftermath[edit]

The Bell County Sheriff's Office dispatched deputies and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the nearby post after receiving reports of an "active shooter", sheriff's Lt. Donnie Adams said. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Michelle Lee said its agents were also headed to the scene.

The base confirmed the shooting in a brief statement posted online on April 2, 2014. On its Twitter feed and Facebook page, Fort Hood officials ordered everyone on base to "shelter in place" during the shooting.[14][15][16]

All of the injured victims were taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center,[17] for initial treatment and stabilization. Once they were stabilized they were then transferred to Scott & White Memorial Hospital where they received further care. As of April 10, twelve of the sixteen wounded have been released from the hospitals and returned to duty, while the other four remain hospitalized in stable condition.[10]

Reacting to the incident, President Barack Obama said at a fundraiser in Chicago that he was left "heartbroken" and assured that the events would be investigated.[18] The base was previously the scene of a mass shooting in 2009, in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 wounded. One week after the shooting, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Fort Hood to attend a ceremony honoring the victims.[10]

On April 16, discussion was renewed over if soldiers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on military bases in Texas and other states.[19]

Victims[edit]

Three people, excluding the gunman, were killed in the shooting. They were identified as:[20][21]

Name Age Hometown Rank/occupation Notes
Daniel M. Ferguson 39 Mulberry, Florida, U.S. Sergeant First Class Died while barricading a door
Timothy W. Owens 37 Effingham, Illinois, U.S. Sergeant Died while trying to talk down Lopez
Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez 38 Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Staff Sergeant

Perpetrator[edit]

Ivan Lopez
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Born Ivan A. Lopez
(1979-10-23)October 23, 1979
Puerto Rico
Died April 2, 2014(2014-04-02) (aged 34)
Killeen, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death
Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
Nationality Puerto Rican
Occupation Army Specialist
Motive Depression, anxiety, anger over being denied leave[9]

Ivan Lopez (October 23, 1979 – April 2, 2014) was an Iraq War veteran who was born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. He previously served in the Puerto Rico National Guard from 1999 to 2010 and also joined the United States Army in June 2008. He was married and had four children. In 2011, he served a four-month tour in Iraq.[11][12][22] Lopez was a specialist assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command, a logistics and support unit at Fort Hood. He was previously assigned in Fort Bliss, but moved to Fort Hood two months prior to the shooting. Lopez was allegedly distraught over the deaths of his mother and grandfather during a two-month period five months prior to the shooting, and was also undergoing regular psychiatric treatment for depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder.[23][24] He tried to take a 24-hour leave of absence in order to attend his mother's funeral, but it took five days for the leave to be approved, which allegedly upset him.[12][22]

During a press conference on the day of the shooting, Fort Hood Commander Mark A. Milley stated that Lopez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. One month prior to the shooting, Lopez allegedly purchased the weapon used in the shooting from Guns Galore, the same store where Nidal Malik Hasan, the convicted perpetrator of the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, originally purchased his own weapon.[20][22] During that same month, he had seen a psychologist and was prescribed Ambien for a sleeping problem.[11] In his Facebook account, Lopez made posts in which he alleged that he was robbed by two men and also criticized Adam Lanza, the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Lopez also described his experiences in direct combat in Iraq, although military officials confirmed that Lopez did not experience any direct combat.[25][26] More recently, Lopez had asked for a transfer, claiming that he was "being taunted and picked on" by other soldiers in his unit.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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