The entire Army community is rallying together in the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic event.
Here is what we know about the situation:
- Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services reported that at approximately 4 p.m. CDT April 2, a Soldier assigned to 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) fired shots at individuals in the 1st Medical Brigade area of Fort Hood.
- Within 15 minutes, emergency services officials responded to the scene. The injured were treated at the scene and transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals for treatment.
- The suspect died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- At this time, there is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism. An investigation is ongoing by various law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Rangers, Texas State Police, Killeen Police Department, Harker Heights Police Department, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and U.S. Army military police.
- Medical officials have confirmed four deceased, including the shooter, and sixteen injured. All of the wounded or killed are members of the military.
- Family notifications are ongoing; the names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified. Family members can call the Family Assistance Center Hotline at (254) 288-7570 or (866) 836-2751.
- Chaplains have set up family counseling centers on and off post. Locations include the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel and Scott & White Memorial Hospital.
- There is a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT today on the incident given by Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commander.
Here is what senior leaders are saying about the situation:
Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago. We know these families. We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make. Obviously our thoughts and prayers were — are with the entire community. And we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the community at Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with the current situation, but also any potential aftermath.
– President Barack Obama
Today’s shooting was a terrible tragedy for the Fort Hood community, the Department of Defense, and for the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. And my sympathies go out to this strong and resilient community, which has experienced this kind of senseless violence all too recently.
There is nothing more important to us as an institution than the safety and well-being of our people, and for that reason I am grateful to all the first responders who rushed to the scene. We will closely monitor the situation at Fort Hood and stay informed by what investigators and law enforcement personnel learn about the shooting.
– Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fort Hood community in the aftermath of this tragedy. Many questions remain and our focus is on supporting the victims and their families… This is a community that has faced and overcome crises with resilience and strength. We are with them tonight and we will be with them in the days ahead.
– Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey
For updates directly from Fort Hood, visit www.forthoodpresscenter.com.