At least 4 people were killed and 14 more were injured when a gunmen opened fire at the Ford Hood Army base in Killeen, Texas. This is the second such incident on the base in 5 years.
The deaths were confirmed by US Rep. Michael McCaul who also stated that the suspected shooter, Ivan Lopez is among the deceased.
No possible motives were given for the rampage allegedly orchestrated by Lopez, an active-duty soldier who worked as an Army truck driver.
The incident marks the third shooting at a US Army post in less than 7 months. The previous shooting at Fort Hood resulted in 13 deaths and more than 30 injuries. Nadal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death for that 2009 killing spree.
Army officials issued a statement earlier emphasizing that they are still investigating today’s incident and details regarding how and why this shooting took place are still forthcoming.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking with reporters in Honolulu, called the shooting a “terrible tragedy.” When asked about the need for additional security on US military posts he added, “Obviously, when we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working.”