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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. (April 7)
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SHOTLIST:+++VIDEO AS INCOMING+++ABC POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYFort Hood, Texas - 7 April 20141. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Chris Grey / Army Spokesman"At this point in the investigation we can confirm that the alleged shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez was involved in a verbal altercation concerning his request for leave and the processing of that request, at his unit's administrative office."2. White Flash3. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Chris Grey / Army Spokesman"Within minutes of the altercation, the subject brandished a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and fired multiple rounds killing one soldier and wounding 10 additional soldiers. The deceased soldier and at least one of the wounded soldiers had been involved in a verbal altercation with the subject prior to the shooting. The subject then exited the administration building through a door on the south side, he got into his privately owned vehicle, that was also parked on the south side of the building."4. White Flash 5. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Chris Grey / Army Spokesman"The entire scenario described, lasted approximately 8 minutes from when the first 911 calls were received until shooter, allegedly took his life and we received calls the shooter was down. At this point in the ongoing investigation, we have collected more than 235 pieces of evidence, we believe the subject fired more than 35 rounds, of 45-caliber ball ammunition."6. White Flash7. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Chris Grey / Army Spokesman"We have only one alleged subject connected to these shootings and he is deceased. We have found no evidence that these crimes were connected to terrorist or extremist organization, but again we have not completely ruled that out in order to conduct a thorough and complete felony investigation. We have not confirmed a definitive motive but are doing everything possible to do so."STORYLINE: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.