Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 5:08 am
The killing of three soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, "shakes our soul," President Obama said on Wednesday.
Obama spoke at a memorial service at the Army post for the second time in five years. The ceremony for the three slain soldiers today echoed the one held for the 13 people killed by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan in 2009.
Last week, Spc. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting rampage at that same post after an argument over a request for leave.
As everyone searches for answers to the Fort Hood shooting, the psychiatric community explores the reasons for the shooting that left four dead and 16 wounded at Fort Hood. Psychiatrists worry that blaming post-traumatic stress disorder will have long-lasting effects on the returning veterans who will be looking for jobs.
Dr. Harry Croft, a San Antonio psychiatrist who works to integrate mental health tools into the workplace for returning troops, said violent behavior toward others is not usually a symptom of PTSD alone.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. U.S. Army officials are saying that an argument may have set off Specialist Ivan Lopez, who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood this past week. He killed four people, including himself, and injured 16 others. Those who survived were taken to Baylor Scott and White Hospital nearby in Temple, Texas. Dr. Matthew Davis is the head of the trauma program there. He and his staff also treated the injured after the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood.
In Fort Hood, Texas, this weekend, investigators and forensic specialists with the U.S. Army and FBI are combing through a crime scene covering two blocks as they try to find clues to why a gunman went on a shooting rampage Wednesday that left four people dead and 16 wounded. The military acknowledges they may never find out why the alleged gunman, Specialist Ivan Lopez, did what he did.
Following their visit with those wounded in this week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, both Gov. Rick Perry and Sen.Ted Cruz declined to comment on whether anyone should be allowed to concealed carry on a military base.
Perry said what has happened at Fort Hood for a second time is not an easy thing to swallow.
"There aren’t any easy answers to what occurred here, and there’s no way to wish away the suffering that’s occurring for those that have been caught in this very senseless act of violence,” Perry said.
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.
LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.
Sharing his insights on the Fort Hood shooting, a peer-to-peer counselor who specializes and also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder said the biggest obstacle for soldiers suffering from PTSD is pride.
Craig Lacey served in the Army for 23 years and experienced combat firsthand, coming home where he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD. He said soldiers coming back no longer know what normal is; they have a new definition of the term.
The gunman that shot and killed three members of the military at Fort Hood and injured 16 others has been identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez. Officials say the 34-year-old Iraq veteran was being treated for anxiety and depression and undergoing an evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder.