LIVE UPDATE 9:53PM CST:
- 4 DEAD, INCLUDING SHOOTER 34-YEAR OLD SPC. IVAN LOPEZ, 1ST BATTALION
- WAS BEING EVALUATED FOR PTSD THOUGH ‘NOT A WOUNDED WARRIOR’
- WAS ON PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION
- ‘ALL THE WOUNDED AND KILLED WERE MILITARY
- SUSPECT USED .45 CAL HANDGUN
- FT. HOOD A ‘GUN-FREE ZONE’…CMDR.: ‘I DON’T ENDORSE CONCEALED CARRY ON BASE’
PHOTO OF ALLEGED SHOOTER LOPEZ BELOW…
Above: Spc. Ivan Lopez, 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, ties a fly during an instructional class at Fort Hood in 2010. (Photo: Killeen Daily Herald)
WATCH LIVE UPDATES BELOW:
Reports of an active shooter have triggered a lockdown at Fort Hood, and multiple people have reportedly been injured. Sheriff’s deputies and the FBI are responding to the reported shooting.
A U.S. Army official at Fort Hood confirms that a shooting has occurred at the base, though the number of people injured and the severity of their injuries has not been confirmed.
KCEN reports at least one person has been transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition and that possibly three others have been injured.
The shooting is believed to have taken place at the Medical Brigade Building. KCEN-TV reports there are also reports of victims at the Battle Simulation Center.
The shooter is believed to be at-large and the base is on lock down. Just after 5 p.m., the base tweeted that all personnel are being asked to shelter in place, close doors and stay away from windows.
Additionally, the campus of Central Texas College has been evacuated due to the emergency at the Army post. All personnel and students are asked to leave and all classes are canceled.
In November 2009, 13 people were killed and more than 30 others injured when Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on dozens of people at the base. Hasan was paralyzed during an exchange of gunfire and, in late 2013, was sentenced to death. He is currently awaiting execution.
Just days ago, FoxNews’ Jana Winter reported that the FBI was searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers.”
The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his “intention to commit jihad.” Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.