Tragedy at Fort Hood

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, a solider, who was not named, fired shots within the first medical brigade and the 49th transportation battalion area at the post, said Fort Hood Commanding Lt. General Mark Milley during a news conference Wednesday night.

Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old specialist, served four months in Iraq. Lopez was undergoing treatment for mental health issues. The Iraq war veteran was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he opened fire at the Fort Hood Army base.

Lopez  took his own .45-caliber handgun onto the sprawling base and killed three people and wounded 16 more before taking his own life, leaving authorities to piece together what in his background and medical treatment could have triggered a new round of bloodshed at the same Killeen base where an officer killed 13 people in 2009.

A native of Puerto Rico, Lopez was married with a young child and moved to the post in Killeen in February from another military installation. He moved into an apartment there with his wife and their daughter a little more than a week before the shooting.