5:30 a.m. EST update: The man who opened fire at the Fort Hood military post in Texas was a veteran who served four months in Iraq and was undergoing treatment for mental health issues, reports CNN (http://cnn.it/QHPuxw)
Spc. Ivan Lopez, married with children, moved to the post in Killeen in February from another military installation.
Authorities don’t know what prompted the shooting spree Wednesday, where Lopez, 34, killed three people, wounded 16 — before fatally shooting himself.
8:45 p.m. EST update: Four people are dead, per CNN, CBS News and Fox News (http://bit.ly/1hiSKnS).
8:00 p.m. EST update: The Associated Press (http://bit.ly/1hC3sKC) reports that one person was killed and 14 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead.
Original Story: A suspected shooter at Fort Hood (TX) is dead, but the situation is still considered an active scene, CNN reports.
The Army installation said it had an initial report that a shooter was dead, “but this is unconfirmed.”
“The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time,” it said.
Fort Hood’s official Twitter feed asked that all personnel on post shelter in place. Sirens were going off.
President Barack Obama has been briefed on the incident and will continue to receive updates, according to a White House press pool report. He was expected to make a statement Wednesday evening. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also was monitoring the situation.
Sheriff’s deputies from Bell County and state troopers are assisting by securing the area around the post, according to Bell County Sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams.
Authorities in the town of Killeen, just outside the gates, are also standing by to help, said Mayor Dan Corbin.
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