Fort Hood shooting: Officials at the Texas army base are about to commence a press conference with the latest information about the shooting.
To watch the press conference with Fort Hood officials live online, the following links are currently active with press conference coverage: ABC News and KVUE, Austin.
At the present, four persons are believed to be dead in the solider-on-soldier incident, including the shooter, who died in a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At least 14 others have been injured and six are apparently being treated at local hospitals for gunshot wounds. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called the Fort Hood shooting incident a “terrible tragedy.” President Obama has vowed to get to the bottom of what happened in the shooting.
The shooter reportedly has been identified: “Senior U.S. officials confirmed the shooter’s identity as Spc. Ivan Lopez, who was based at Ft. Hood, which was also the scene of a deadly shooting in 2009 that left 13 dead.”
Further information on the suspect: “Authorities have identified the suspect as Ivan Lopez, an active-duty soldier who worked as a truck driver, according to officials briefed on the initial investigation. The shooting occurred in a motor-pool area of the base where vehicles are stored and repaired, the officials said. Officials cautioned that they were still investigating and gathering evidence to understand what happened, and the motive wasn’t yet clear.”
The lockdown at the Fort Hood base in Killeen, Tex., has now been lifted, and officials say there is no connection to terrorism in the shooting, although nothing has been officially ruled out as yet.
The Fort Hood shooting occurred today at about 4:35 pm local time and is under investigation by the FBI, the military, and state and local law enforcement agents.