Military families, soldiers left in shock and disbelief after another Fort Hood shooting


by staff

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 2:35 PM

FORT HOOD, Texas—The deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood Wednesday left those close to the base in shock, disbelief and familiar grief.

Military personnel were reeling from the news.

“Everybody is in shock when something like this happens,” said Abdel Philson, soldier.

“Just heartbroken. We’re all brothers and fight for the same reason, freedom, it hurts everybody,” said Pfc. Ryan Saltamacchia.

In Killeen, the headline is on everyone’s mind.

“In shock, can’t believe it happened again,” said Calandra Phillips, a Killeen resident. Her brother and brother-in-law serve in the military.

The tragedy that happened years ago is still fresh for some, so when tragedy struck again, old wounds began to resurface.

“When something like this happens, it is really hard to understand,” said Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin.

Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others before shooting himself to death Wednesday at Fort Hood, the same Texas base that was the scene of the worst attack on a domestic U.S. military installation five years ago when Maj. Nidal Hassan murdered 13 people.

Officials said Lopez walked into a building on the post and opened fire around 4 p.m., then got into a car, fired more shots and then went to another building shooting before he was engaged by responding military police. He then shot and killed himself. His body was recovered in a parking lot.

Officials said Lopez was undergoing “psychiatric treatment for depression and anxiety and a variety of other psychological” problems. The soldier was undergoing a diagnosis process to determine if he had post-traumatic stress disorder, but had not been diagnosed with it.

“I think they need to give these soldiers a little bit more help than what they are doing. I think they spend a lot of time helping everybody else, but when it comes to their own, I think they neglect them in some way or another,” Phillips said.

“We need to be there for the Fort Hood people. That extra smile to a soldier, that pat on the back, that ‘Thank you for your service,’ those things are important,” said Mayor Corbin.