Soldier kills 3, injures 16, shoots himself at Texas army base
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:43
Apr.3 - A U.S. soldier with mental health issues shoots dead three people and injures at least 16, before shooting himself at an army base in Fort Hood. Sarah Toms reports.
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All too familiar scenes of violence at the U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas.
Military officials say a soldier suffering from mental health issues has killed three people and wounded at least 16 others, before committing suicide.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORT HOOD COMMANDING OFFICER MARK MILLEY SAYING:
"Within 15 minutes, first responders within the military police and emergency services responded to the scene and engaged the shooter and the shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. With regard to the investigation, at this time there is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism although we are not ruling anything out and the investigation continues."
Security has been heightened at the base after yet another deadly shooting.
The all-clear has now been given at the base and cars are leaving the compound but military police still patrol the air and the roads.
Officials say the gunman had served in Iraq and was being assessed at the base for post-traumatic stress disorder.
U.S. Secretary of Defence called it a tragedy.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL SAYING:
"Anytime you lose any of your people to these kinds of tragedies, there's an issue, there's a problem. We don't have the facts. we will get the facts. And when we have those facts specially about Fort Hood we will address them. We don't have any choice here but to address what happen and do everything possible to ensure the safety of the men and women who work on these bases and their families. That isn't an option. It isn't a mater of a question or a challenge too tough. We will do it."
It's not the first time a shooting has happened at this base...Five years ago a gun rampage here left 13 soldiers dead and 32 wounded.
Leaving many here at Fort Hood wondering how another attack could happen again.
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