UPDATE: Authorities identify Ft. Hood shooter

By: ABC News/KAKE News/Associated Press - Email
By: ABC News/KAKE News/Associated Press - Email

Hutchinson native describes Fort Hood chaos

A Hutchinson native was among the thousands of people on and near Fort Hood told to shelter in place during what post officials called an active shooter situation Tuesday afternoon. 

Amanda Bailey's husband is stationed at Fort Hood. The couple lives across the road from the country's largest Army post. Bailey said her first action when she heard about the shooting was to call her family in Kansas to make sure they knew she and her husband are safe. 
"My husband is away right now training, so it's very scary," Bailey said. 
Speaking with KAKE News by phone from her home in Killeen, Texas, Bailey described a chaotic and frightening situation unfolding across the road at Fort Hood. 
"They are sending helicopters," she said. "We're getting ready to have a helicopter fly over our house as I'm speaking because I live directly across the street from the airfield." 
Outdoor sirens and public address systems warned people on and near Fort Hood of an active shooter about 4:30 p.m. Bailey said the post holds weekly drills for just such an event. 
"Because I live so close to post, I can hear the sirens go off and they give us what is called a red alert and that tells us to stay in our homes, which here in Killeen, most of us do when they go off because of the 2009 shooting," she said. 
Bailey said all she can do is pray for the victims and hope for the best while the Fort Hood community again deals with tragedy. 
"A lot of people never thought this would happen again because they do very thorough searches of the cars," she said. 

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FORT HOOD, Texas -- A gunman and at least three other people were killed amid shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, officials said, flashing many back to a 2009 massacre at the base that left 13 people dead.

"We're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again," President Obama said in the hours after the shooting as the circumstances remained unclear.

Senior U.S. officials and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said soon after the incident that four people were believed dead. McCaul told CNN he had been briefed on the incident and that there were also 14 injuries.

No link to terrorism had been discovered, the lawmaker added.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News the firearm used by the assailant was a semi-automatic .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. The ATF is conducting an urgent trace of the gun, which is standard protocol in these types of incidents.

Authorities initially were concerned another shooter might be at large and a "shelter in place" order remained in effect after the shooting at the base in Killeen, Texas.

An all-clear siren sounded several hours after the shooting, reopening Fort Hood.

President Obama, speaking from Chicago in the shooting's aftermath, said his national security team was "working with folks on the ground to determine exactly what happened and to ensure that everyone is secure."

"The situation is fluid right now," he said.

"I would hope that everyone across the country is keeping the families and the community of Fort Hood in our thoughts and our prayers," he added. "We don't yet know what happened tonight but obviously that sense of safety has been broken, once again."

Sgt. Maj. Nicholas Connor, a spokesman for Fort Hood, told ABC News, "Unfortunately, this is something that we here at Fort Hood have experience with and this is something that is conjuring up a lot of memories of the past."

Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted and received the death penalty in August 2013 for the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood.

During Hasan's trial, he called himself a "mujahedeen," or Muslim holy warrior, and did not deny he was the shooter.

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Authorities have identified the suspected shooter as Ivan Lopez.

Our sister-station KWTX reports that four people, including the gunman are dead and 16 others are injured.

The shooting occurred at around 4:25 p.m. in a motor pool in the area of Motor Pool Road and Tank Destroyer Boulevard.

A man who said he was a witness told News 10 that about 20 shots were fired. Warning sirens sounded late Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood because of the incident.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave a statement from Hawaii, calling the shooting a "terrible tragedy."

Investigators are working to determine what may have lead up to the shooting. So far, a motive is unknown.

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President Barack Obama says the government will be getting to the bottom of the shooting today at Fort Hood.

The President says the White House is closely monitoring the situation and officials are doing everything possible to make sure everyone is secure, according to the Associated Press.

Recalling the deadly 2009 shooting at the fort, President Obama said, "We're heartbroken that something like this might've happened again."

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A U.S. law enforcement official says the suspected gunman at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas is now believed to be dead.

Fort Hood confirmed the shooting on the base in a brief statement Wednesday evening. The statement also said emergency crews were on the scene and that further details were not yet known.

The official says reports circulating within the Justice Department indicate the shooter has died of what appears to be a self-inflicted wound. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing.

The identity of the shooter and the number of victims were not immediately known.

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Emergency responders are on scene of an active shooter situation at Fort Hood.

According to our sister station KWTX, shots rang out at the army base in Killeen, Texas around 4:25 Wednesday afternoon.

The station reports at least one person is dead, and at least 15 have been taken to area hospitals for treatment. At least one suspect is reportedly in custody, with one possibly outstanding.

According to the Associated Press, a senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, one person is confirmed dead, 14 others are wounded.

The Fort Hood Public Affairs Office issued the following statement: There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are know at this time.

A tweet sent from Fort Hood's Twitter account asks that all personnel on post shelter in place.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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The base was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in what was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in history. The gunman, former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan is now on military's death row.

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