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article imageFour die in Fort Hood shooting

By Nathan Salant     Apr 3, 2014 in Crime
Killeen - At least four people were killed and several wounded Wednesday at Fort Hood Army base in Texas when a soldier allegedly opened fire near the facility's medical center.
At least four people were killed and several wounded Wednesday at Fort Hood Army base in Texas when a soldier allegedly opened fire near the facility's medical center.
Ivan Lopez, 34, was named as the shooter by US Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin), in whose district the base is located.
Numerous police cars, ambulances and helicopters converged on the base and are still on scene, according to KCEN-TV in nearby Waco.
Lopez is among the fatalities, CNN is reporting.
Scott & White Hospital in Temple told KCEN that it is treating four soldiers injured in the shooting, all in critical or extremely critical condition.
Other victims are reportedly at the base's Battle Simulation Center, KCEN said.
The base has been put on lockdown, and nearby Central Texas College has been evacuated as a precaution.
Reports from the scene say Lopez was wearing an Army combat uniform and driving a gray Toyota, and was involved in a dispute with another soldier before the shooting began.
The shooting is not believed to be terror-related, authorities said.
Fort Hood officials issued a statement saying they had not yet confirmed that Lopez was dead.
"The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals," the statement said.
"Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene," the statement continued.
"The number of injured are not confirmed at this time," it said.
President Barack Obama was briefed at the White House and made a televised statement about the incident Wednesday evening.
"The situation is fluid right now -- I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened," Obama said.
"We're heartbroken something like this might have happened again," he said, referring to the 2009 shooting in which 13 people were killed and 32 injured by an Army major at the Texas base.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the shooting a "terrible tragedy," KCEN-TV said.
"We know there are casualties ... people killed and injured -- we don't have all the facts yet," he said.
Just outside the gate, Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin told KCEN that his town's police and medical personnel were standing by to assist if necessary.
"Fort Hood is always there for us and we want to be there for them," Corbin said.
"They are used to dealing with combat situations, and I'm sure they are very capable of handling this," he said.
Sheriff's deputies from Bell County and state troopers also were assisting by securing the area around the post, a county Sheriff's Department official told KCEN.
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