FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Officials at Fort Hood have released few
details about the gunman who killed three people before taking his own
life in a shooting Wednesday at the sprawling Army base. Here's what we
know about the gunman.
-- His name was Ivan Lopez and he came from Puerto Rico. He was
married, had other family members and lived in the Fort Hood area,
having arrived at the post in February from another military base in
Texas. He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
at Fort Hood, which is a logistics and support unit. Officials did not
release his rank on Wednesday, but said he was not in the process of
leaving the Army.
-- Lopez served for four months in Iraq in 2011. Army Secretary John
McHugh said Lopez did not see combat in Iraq. He was not wounded in
action while serving overseas, but self-reported a traumatic brain
injury upon his return to the U.S. "He was not a wounded warrior," said
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer at Fort Hood. "He was not
wounded in action, to our records, no Purple Heart, not wounded in
action in that regard."
-- Lopez had several mental health issues. He was taking medication
and receiving psychiatric help for depression and anxiety, and was
undergoing a process to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress
disorder. "We do not know a motive," Milley said. "We do know that this
soldier had behavioral health and mental health issues, and was being
treated for that."
-- Lopez had one weapon, a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, that
was not registered with post authorities as required. Authorities don't
yet know how much ammunition he was carrying.
-- Lopez died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He killed himself
in a parking lot at the base transportation brigade's administration
building, after he was confronted by a military policewoman. "It was
clearly heroic, what she did at that moment in time," Milley said. "She
did her job, and she did exactly what we would expect of United States
Army military police."