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Shooting at Fort Hood Stopped by MP

April 03, 2014  | 

A soldier who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding 16 before being engaged by an MP and killing himself, the authorities said. The shooting set off a huge police response and shut down the sprawling Army base, the same facility where a deadly rampage by an officer resulted in 13 deaths in 2009.

Fort Hood’s commanding general said the gunman, an Army specialist who had served in Iraq and was being treated for behavioral and mental health issues, had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The commander, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, told reporters that the soldier’s motive remained unclear, but that the shooting did not appear to be related to terrorism. 

The authorities said Specialist Lopez appeared to have walked into one building, then gone inside a vehicle and fired shots from the vehicle with a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol that had recently been bought in the Killeen area. He got out of the vehicle, walked into another building and opened fire again, and then engaged with a female military police officer before shooting himself.

He put his hands up, General Milley told the New York Times, then reached under his jacket. The female officer pulled out her weapon, and then Specialist Lopez put his weapon to his head and fired. General Milley described the officer’s actions as “clearly heroic,” adding: “She did her job. She did exactly what we would expect of U.S. Army military police.” 

Tags: Fort Hood Shooting, Military Police


Comments (13)

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Jack Betz @ 4/3/2014 3:56 PM

MP MP ALL THE WAY MP MP YOU'RE THE ONE

Retired Chief @ 4/3/2014 4:06 PM

It is ridiculous that we entrust our nations military to use the most sophisticated weapons in the world on foreign soil but will not allow them to carry weapons on U S military bases in the USA. Best intel on yesterday's shooting is that the gunman was unchecked for up to 15 minutes before an MP finally located and confronted him. If the soldiers who were present at the outset of this incident had been armed this could have been stopped much sooner and with far fewer casualties.

Tom Conlin @ 4/3/2014 4:35 PM

Isn't it true we can thank Slick Willie for disarming almost all personnel on all military installations in the early 90's? Duh, shows a lot of trust from a Commander in Chief who never served but ended up in charge.

Ed Baldridge @ 4/3/2014 5:10 PM

Prayers for the families affected by this tragedy . Hooah to the MP for her bravery from a former MP and a career Texas law enforcement officer.

kevcopaz @ 4/3/2014 5:36 PM

I agree its just plain dumb that we can not arm our soldiers on base. I would like to know the stats on how many shootings/murders have taken place when firearms were allowed on base (before Clinton) and then since the Clinton Department of Defense changed the rules. Want to bet there has been a rise? Also I don't want to take away from the MP who drew her weapon, then the offender shot himself. She did a great job but can we stop with the use of "HERO" every time a cop does their job? PLEASE! If this means she was a hero, I would guess I have been a hero 100 times in my 34 years as a cop and EVERY COP ever would be classified as a "hero". Can we stop the hyper bully please. Call jot a good job, did her duty but come on "hero"? Its the same with everyone who has ever served in the . God bless them all but you are NOT a hero for just doing as you are trained while doing your job unless its risking your life BEYOND what a normal officer (or mMilitary member) would do.

Wombat @ 4/3/2014 6:02 PM

First of all, though my entire adult life has been spent in either the military or law enforcement (or both, actually) and therefore I don't have a lot in common with many politicians from the Democratic Party, I would never stoop to referring to a former (or sitting) president in such a manner. I don't care if they come from the Green or Libertarian parties; it is not done. Secondly, you guys could not be more wrong: if every one of the 40,000 (at least) soldiers on base were allowed to carry their personal weapons concealed on base, or were allowed unfettered access to their duty weapons, this kind of thing would happen with much more frequency. You won't find many senior military officers who would agree with your opinions, which brings me to my last point: I have no idea what makes you think former President Clinton has anything to do with guns on military bases. You didn't like the guy as a president, fine, neither did I really but you should blame him for stuff he actually did.

GP Cobb @ 4/3/2014 6:14 PM

....... Adding to Chief: yes, in Kansas anyway, we carry concealed or open carry legally every day, but an active serviceman can't carry, What BS!

GP Cobb @ 4/3/2014 6:16 PM

............ and to add to that, Open Carry is automatic without any checks of any kind, it's the law.......

TheRookie @ 4/4/2014 3:29 AM

Very good job done by the MP on scene who exchanged gun fire with the suspect resulting with him shooting himself committing suicide. Well job done. It stopped the threat.

Lt. Chuck @ 4/4/2014 4:57 AM

"Of the Troops for the Troops" - Job well done MP! Our prayers and thoughts for those who were killed or wounded.

JIm @ 4/4/2014 7:47 AM

I am not nor have I ever been in law enforcement. I was however a 2nd LT, MOS 1542 (11A), in the 9th Infantry Division in RVN in 67-68 and served in the 2nd Brigade, commonly referred to as The Mobil Riverine Task Force. I am constantly amazed by the people who believe that they will actually fire and fire accurately if they were armed and came under fire. Gen Marshall estimated that less than 30% of the infantrymen fired their weapons in WWII while in combat and while this number improved to 80% for Viet Nam Vets, it still meant 20% never fired or returned fire in combat situations. The next question is how accurately one shots when under fire. In Viet Nam, 50,000 M-16 rounds on average were fired to kill one enemy! Thus, I am amazed that this young MP did not freeze but I would love to know her accuracy at 20 feet! This does not even get into the question of arming guys recently back from combat. I know it took me several years back in civilian life to return to normal.

Capt. Capt. @ 4/4/2014 2:03 PM

I feel the major problem here is PTS, this war has been going on to long and these men and women keep getting sent back to the same hell hole, this type of danger would affect anyone. As far as firearms go, a person that is mentally ill does not mean that he/she is stupid, if they know other people are armed the chances of them committing murder is lest likely to happen.

Sgt. Mike @ 4/6/2014 10:32 AM

QUOTE:
Retired Chief @ 4/3/2014 4:06 PM

It is ridiculous that we entrust our nations military to use the most sophisticated weapons in the world on foreign soil but will not allow them to carry weapons on U S military bases in the USA. Best intel on yesterday's shooting is that the gunman was unchecked for up to 15 minutes before an MP finally located and confronted him. If the soldiers who were present at the outset of this incident had been armed this could have been stopped much sooner and with far fewer casualties.

I absolutely Agree. An armed populaces is far better protected and safer all around.

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