We do not know if this will end up being related, but I think most of us immediately recalled the story from just a few days ago that “FBI, military hunt ex-Army recruit suspected of plotting ‘Ft. Hood-inspired jihad.'” Apparently they had the guy in question and then let him go, and then had to hunt him down. Mindboggling. Then the FBI assured everyone that there was really nothing to worry about as they sent alerts out to law enforcement to be on the lookout for the guy, but without a picture or description. Yeah, I’m sure that was helpful. What they did have was a name: BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan. A clusterfark all the way around.
Regardless of who is responsible for this new shooting at Ft. Hood, I also think it’s a no-brainer that our troops must be allowed to carry their firearms on base. Otherwise, as we know, only the bad guys are carrying a gun, putting everyone at even more serious risk. Telling our warriors to “shelter in place” remains bulsh. Details remain sketchy, but pray for everyone at Ft. Hood and for the surrounding area. [UPDATE: The shooter has been identified as Ivan Lopez, an Iraq war veteran who was “being treated for behavioral and mental health issues…”]
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Authorities are responding to an “active shooter” incident with casualties at Ft. Hood, the scene of a 2009 attack that left 13 dead, the Bell County Sheriff’s Office says.
It was not immediately clear if there was one shooter or multiple suspects, and there was no immediate information on the extent of any injuries.
“There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported,” the base said in a press release. “Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are known at this time.”
The sheriff’s office dispatched deputies and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the nearby Texas Army base, Bell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Donnie Adams said.
The Department of Public Safety also confirmed there were casualties, but did not specify how many. A person on base with knowledge of the situation said two victims have been rushed to a local hospital.
Fort Hood ordered everyone at the base to “shelter in place.” The order was sent Wednesday on the base’s Twitter feed and posted on its Facebook page.