Iraq vet­eran kills three and him­self at Fort Hood

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As many as four people were killed and 14 were wounded af­ter a gun­man in uni­form opened fire at Fort Hood on April 2, shut­ting down the sprawl­ing Army base and in­cit­ing a huge po­lice re­sponse. The shoot­ing echoed the deadly ram­page car­ried out there in 2009 by an of­fi­cer who turned on his fel­low solid­ers.

Of­fi­cials at Fort Hood re­leased few de­tails about the shoot­ing but said that it ap­peared that the gun­man was among the dead. Re­ports of the shoot­ing sent dozens of lo­cal, state and federal law en­force­ment of­fi­cials rush­ing to the base in Killeen, Texas, as they had back in Novem­ber 2009.

In Chicago, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­scribed the shoot­ing as a fluid sit­u­a­tion that the White House and Pen­tagon of­fi­cials were closely fol­low­ing. “We are go­ing to get to the bot­tom of ex­actly what hap­pened,” the Pres­i­dent said. “We’re heart­bro­ken some­thing like this might have hap­pened again.”

The Chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen­eral Martin Dempsey, said that many ques­tions re­mained but that their fo­cus was on sup­port­ing the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. “This is a com­mu­nity that has faced and over­come crises with re­silience and strength,” he said in a state­ment.

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