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Army official: No "sign of likely violence" from Fort Hood suspect

Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 01:14

April 3 - Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno comment on the deadly shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The soldier suspected of gunning down three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas was under psychiatric care but showed no signs of violence or suicidal tendencies, the secretary of the U.S. Army said on Thursday (April 3). There was no motive given for the incident, which also left 16 wounded, although officials have so far ruled out terrorism in the second mass shooting at the base in five years. The gunman, who had been treated for depression and anxiety, was yet to be officially named but security officials said preliminary information identified the gunman as Ivan Lopez. U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh said the soldier, who joined the service in 2008, had served two tours of duty abroad, including four months in Iraq in 2011. He had no direct involvement in combat and suffered no wounds. "He was undergoing a variety of treatment and diagnoses for mental health conditions, ranging from depression to anxiety to some sleep disturbance. He was prescribed a number of drugs to address those, including Ambien," McHugh told a U.S. Senate committee hearing. General Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff said lessons learned from the Fort Hood shooting several years ago proved useful during yesterday's incident. "Some of the procedures that have been put in place following the incident four-and-one-half years ago did help us yesterday. The alert procedures that were in place, the response the training that has gone into the response forces, I think responded to making this something that could be much much worse. So we will continue to monitor the force of the Army and the resources of the Army will be behind Fort Hood."

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Army official: No "sign of likely violence" from Fort Hood suspect

Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 01:14