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UPDATE: Fort Hood official says unstable mental condition believed to be underlying cause

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A Fort Hood official says the unstable mental condition of the gunman who killed three people and wounded 16 others at the Texas military base is believed to be an underlying cause of the attack.

Fort Hood's senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, said Thursday that there's "very strong evidence" that Spc. Ivan Lopez had a medical history indicating an unstable psychological condition and that it was believed to be a "fundamental underlying cause" in Wednesday's shooting.

Investigators have been searching Lopez's home. A spokesman says they've also been questioning his wife.

A top Army official says the soldier had seen a psychiatrist last month, and didn't show any signs of being a threat to himself or others. Army Secretary John McHugh adds that there are no apparent ties to extremist groups.

The Fort Hood official also confirms the soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 others bought his gun at the same nearby gun shop as the shooter convicted in the 2009 rampage on the military base.

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said that Lopez purchased a .45-caliber pistol from Guns Galore, a store in Killeen, Texas, on March 1. 

Guns Galore is also where Nidal Hasan purchased the gun and high-capacity magazines he used to kill 13 people in a 2009 rampage at Fort Hood. 


FORT HOOD, Texas (WKOW) --  Authorities are investigating whether an argument on or near Fort Hood sparked Wednesday's shooting when suspected gunman Ivan Lopez killed and injured fellow soldiers.

Three of those unarmed soldiers were killed.  More than a dozen others hurt.  When authorities met with Lopez in the parking lot, Lopez turned the gun on himself.

Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, a commanding officer at Fort Hood, says first responders from military police and emergency services were on scene within fifteen minutes. 

Lopez was a truck driver at Fort Hood.  He served four months in Iraq in 2011.  The army confirms Lopez was not wounded in battle, but he was being treated for a self-reported traumatic brain injury, as well as anxiety and depression.  Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

This shooting is the second in nearly five years at Fort Hood.  Another lone-gunman took thirteen lives in 2009, which is the deadliest shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.
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