Army: Fort Hood suspect had requested leave

Authorities say shooting was preceded by an argument Lopez had with other soldiers in his unit
Associated Press
Apr 7, 2014

 

The rampage at Fort Hood that left three dead and 16 wounded last week was related to the shooter's request for leave from the Army post, military investigators said Monday.

Army spokesman Chris Grey did not indicate during a brief news conference Monday whether Spc. Ivan Lopez was granted the leave. Grey says the shooting spree Wednesday covered the equivalent of two city blocks as Lopez drive from one area to another on the Central Texas base randomly firing at soldiers.

Authorities have said the shooting was preceded by an argument Lopez had with other soldiers in his unit.

Grey said Lopez fired more than 35 shots while driving from one building on the sprawling Texas Army base to another during an 8-minute rampage. It ended when Grey said Lopez got out of his car and was confronted by a female military police officer who fired her gun but did not strike him.

Lopez then turned his .45-caliber pistol to his head and killed himself, Grey said.

In another attack at the base in 2009, 13 people were killed by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who had said he was angry about being deployed to Afghanistan and wanted to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. troops.

Lopez, an Army truck driver, did a short stint in Iraq in 2011 and told medical personnel he had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The 34-year-old was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety while being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, base officials said.

But officials said Lopez did not see any combat in Iraq and had not previously demonstrated a risk of violence. He seemed to have a clean record that showed no ties to potential terrorists.

 

Comments

Presto

Wow -- telling a man he only has 24 hrs to attend his MOTHER'S FUNERAL just might be enough to send him over the edge--- ya think???
**Disclaimer before everyone starts saying stupid stuff --I'm NOT saying he was justified or any other blah blah blah lol**
What I'm saying is:
Why wasn't this announced RIGHT AWAY??? Instead of reporting stuff like "he had argued with other soldiers" and "he had mental problems"??
How about reporting some facts such as:
"He asked for a leave to go to his mom's funeral and THEY SAID NO..."
or
"He wanted to attend his mom's funeral, so they gave him 24 hrs..."
(unless the funeral was 10 miles away, I dont think 24 hours would get it)
How about reporting some ideas like " His mom died --they wouldn't give him enough time to go see her--with his mom gone and not being able to see her he could have felt he had nothing left to lose"???
How about some REAL reporting instead of scam manipulation that we're all getting so numb to these days..
This is so sad :( For everyone involved :(

ladydye_5

His mother died last November. He was given 24 hours, and then it was also extended 48hrs. It was probably not reported right away because it happened almost 5 months ago. It seems like an odd time to wait to "snap". No it does not give him the right to go on a killing spree. Something was seriously messed up in his head. They are just trying to make sense of it. I find it odd that Major Muslim shot up the same base and it was on the news for days, weeks on end. The Malaysian plane that is still missing had ONE American on board, it is still on the news everyday, with numerous updates. This shooting took 3 Americans lives, wounded 16 and there are NO updates anymore, nothing on the news. Almost like it never happened. Has the media over reported on these types of tragedies that no one pays attention anymore? 3 Americans die on American soil and after 3 days there is no more news covereage. One American dies in (an alleged airplane) crash in the Indian Ocean and it is on the news constantly.