Video: Watch live Ft. Hood press conference at 10:15 PM EST

posted at 9:51 pm on April 2, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Four dead, including the shooter. Possible suspect: Spc. Ivan Lopez.


Earlier, doctors spoke about the victims in the hospital:

Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou told reporters the victims’ injuries included gunshots to their extremities, abdomens, chests and necks.

Others were being treated at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on base.

“This was another sad day for central Texas,” said Dr. Glen Couchman, the hospital’s chief medical officer.

Update (Erika): Some bullet points from the presser, via Lt. Gen. Mark Milley:

-At around 4 P.M. a single shooter — whose name Milley declined to reveal, since next of kin had not yet been informed — began shooting in a medical brigade area.

-After killing 3 and wounding 16, the suspected shooter killed himself with his own gun, a .45-caliber handgun that was not registered with the base.

-The suspected shooter had “behavioral health and mental health” issues, according to Milley, and was in the midst of treatment for depression and anxiety but had not yet been diagnosed with PTSD.

-”There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism although we are not ruling anything out,” Milley said.


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Thanks Mary Katherine.

My heart hurts.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Hey Newtie….I just woke up a little while ago. I am hungry :(

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Mush, CL…with pancake syrup! Or honey…have you had your (__)? yet?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I didn’t know Nina Easton has a son stationed at Ft. Hood. I knew about KT McFarland son is serving.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Wow. I really don’t know what to make of all this. My first instinct is to wonder if he was a conver to Islam. :-s

gryphon202 on April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Too bad our military can’t be armed….

Electrongod on April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I’m working on the coffee. No mush today. I’m on liquids….just can’t drink enough to make me think I’m “full.” LOL ESH

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I was surprised about Nina Easton, too! Small world, but I’m happy her son is safe! My heart is breaking over the dead and wounded.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Have the tea party connections of this White Hispanic been exposed yet?

Corporal Tunnel on April 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I’ll go put out my ‘garden’ US flag.
*there’s no rain in the forecast and the step light will be on*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Possible suspect: Spc. Ivan Lopez.

Rand Paul has just been notified that Ivan Lopez may be Mrs. Garcia’s nephew.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Electrongod on April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

that is what I don’t understand either.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I wish you could handle a milkshake right now, CL. That would help! Or a smoothie…hold the ice…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Wow. I really don’t know what to make of all this. My first instinct is to wonder if he was a conver to Islam. :-s

gryphon202 on April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I haven’t followed this at all today — I’m still too disgusted about the last homicidal terrorist attack there.

I presume our soldiers are still disarmed on U.S. military bases? Brilliant, just freakin’ brilliant …

ShainS on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Clinton did that, back in his first term. Puckin’ futz.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I presume our soldiers are still disarmed on U.S. military bases? Brilliant, just freakin’ brilliant …

ShainS on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Yes – except for on duty security personnel.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Have you seen FUSION yet? It’s a yogurt shake. I had it earlier (before coffee) LOL. It’s just not doing it. I’ll live but dang.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I’m safer at Walmart than the soldiers were @ Ft. Hood today.
Outrageous.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Which military bases in the US are – thanks to Clinton.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

sheesh….wth is wrong with you. It is a gun-free zone except for contracted security. As in FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

No, but I’m glad you broadened your horizons! :P

How did it taste?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Yes – except for on duty security personnel.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Thanks … I wasn’t sure, but whenever I’m in doubt about governmental policy (don’t even get me started on ROE) I just presume the opposite of all that is good and decent …

ShainS on April 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Who run bartertown?

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

You degenerate piece of dirt. Are you serious with that comment?

Ban this douchbag.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Newtie, it is near the yogurts at the market. Compared to the shakes I made, this is smoother and sweeter. I guess why I can get it down. The ones I made tasted more like “chalk.”

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

nonpartisan, apologize for that comment.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

nonpartisan, apologize for that comment.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

It should have to apologize just for being so frickin stupid.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Needs honey or sugar…more fruit, too…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

noforeskin on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

…before you come in…to take your usual shit!…do you know what the area is designated…where the shootings occurred?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

You degenerate piece of dirt. Are you serious with that comment?

Ban this douchbag.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Seconded

SparkPlug on April 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Needs honey or sugar…more fruit, too…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Try some agave. Its yummy.

SparkPlug on April 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I thought that Ft. Hood was around 6hrs from here. It’s not. It’s around 330 miles. At Lubbock driver speed…it’s about a 4 hour drive.
I’d love to make a day trip down there-with Al- to show support for the troops and the community.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

nonpartisan, apologize for that comment.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I’ll apologize…I shouldn’t have been sarcastic in this thread. It’s a sad event.

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

We went to our local county shooting range Sunday for a bit of practice. The range is actually on Army property (Ft Carson). I was talking to one of the RSOs before we left and he was talking about a guy who refused to take his pistol out of his holster at the range “cuz, by gosh I got a concealed carry permit, and I’m gonna carry wherever I want”. They had to threaten to get the police to disarm him and file a felony charge. He said even the RSOs are not allowed to carry while working on the range, because it’s on Army property – even though it’s a “shooting range”.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Shut your yap, toad!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I can’t believe HA keeps trash like this around here…It’s up to you HA!

d1carter on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

SparkPlug on April 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Not on your life! If’n it’s not good enough for a WH pastry chef, it’s not good enough for CL’s taste buds!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I’ll apologize…I shouldn’t have been sarcastic in this thread. It’s a sad event.

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

You shouldn’t have been stupid.
But then, you really shouldn’t be so stupid in any thread.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Newtie…..it really comes down to my just simply not liking yogurt….it reminds me of Milk of Magnesia…yuck

Spark…thanks

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I’ll apologize…I shouldn’t have been sarcastic in this thread. It’s a sad event.

nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Thank you. Geez man. I know you love to try in get a zing in but think before you comment on something like this. We owe them better than that.

Honestly. Thank you for apologizing.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Wow. Eye-opening and unbelievable (you’d think I’d be numbingly immune to any surprises at this point) …

ShainS on April 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Oh, Girlfriend!! Plain yogurt you put on your hair! You EAT the flavoured ones… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

^^^I’m surprised the presser’s coming from a gate, rather than post HQ.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I’ve heard of Mayo in hair but not yogurt.

Um, it was flavored yogurt.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Who run bartertown?

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

MasterBaiter, if I remember correctly.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

[Clamps mouth shut...blushes furiously...mutters to self how Self should know CL better than that...]

Sorry, CL. Mayo, you say…interesting…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Wow. Eye-opening and unbelievable (you’d think I’d be numbingly immune to any surprises at this point) …

ShainS on April 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Ya – basically if someone went nuts on the range and started shooting people, the RSOs couldn’t do much of anything about it, unless they could grab a gun from someone else. Of course, everyone else there has loaded guns, so I’m sure someone would take a shot at the nut case.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

You fish that well?

[ducks and covers…]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

MasterBaiter, if I remember correctly.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Maybe in the Australian “uncut” versions.

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

…if it was a soldier on soldier… for some disagreement…why all the others?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

LOL Newtie….yes you should :)

Seriously, mayo in hair….like a conditioner and it makes it shiny. Just don’t go overboard….

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

[ducks and covers...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

That was a tad before my time.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Ivan Lopez? Why would anyone do this?

sandee on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

that is what I thought when they first “floated” soldier on soldier

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Ivan Lopez? Why would anyone do this?

sandee on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Well, his TV show sucked…

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Seriously, mayo in hair….like a conditioner and it makes it shiny. Just don’t go overboard….

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

or you’ll look like DWS….

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

lol I’m spittling!!! haha

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I’ve seen the reruns :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I hope you know you are in the Debbie Whatshername Schultz territory suggesting that…:)

Barred on April 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

^
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Teach him good, boys. Teach him all the way.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Prayers ascending for the families of our fallen Brightest and Best.
May God hold them in the hollow of His hand.

kingsjester on April 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

(waving)….the news conference was supposed to start at 10:15

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say islam

SouthernGent on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Don’t you have to wash it out? I mean, slather on the mayo, wrap in Saran Wrap, wait 15 minutes…what am I missing?

Can I phone a friend, Regis?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

the news conference was supposed to start at 10:15

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Um, was obama involved?

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Ivan Lopez? Why would anyone do this?
sandee on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Well, his TV show sucked…
Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

That was his sister Jenny….

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Barred on April 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

lol I didn’t even think of her until dentarthurdent mentioned it. I’m still laughing.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Base Commander (assuming here) must be still getting updates…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Don’t you have to wash it out? I mean, slather on the mayo, wrap in Saran Wrap, wait 15 minutes…what am I missing?

Can I phone a friend, Regis?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Looks to me like DWS leaves it in all the time….

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Brother George involved?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

There’s not many times I’m at a loss for words, but this is one. G-d bless the survivors and their families, as well as those that were lost to this nonsense.

DDay on April 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

sure you can. And yes, it has to be washed/rinsed out.

Finally, the conference started.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I can get the DWS look naturally–but on me, it looks GOOD!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Brother George involved?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

That is one big family – and they’re all in show biz….

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

only 4 months in Iraq in 2011 being treated for mental issues.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Wow. Now the psychiatric units will get a rundown. When will the military get permission to lift the PC-induced limitations?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Brother George involved?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

That is one big family – and they’re all in show biz….

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

George is Mexican. Jennifer is ‘Rican. I believe, knowing ‘Ricans as I do, she’d be very insulted.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Does that base have duty rotation? Don’t all?

That’s who’s authorized to be armed.

All on duty personnel should be armed. Or at least a contingent.

wolly4321 on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

^^^I’m surprised the presser’s coming from a gate, rather than post HQ.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Hey Newtie, I think it’s to contain the civilians (newspeople) as close to an exit as possible and get them off base asap.

31giddyup on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!

nonpartisan

He says in a thread about a shooting in a gun free zone.

I’ll apologize…I shouldn’t have been sarcastic in this thread.

nonpartisan

You weren’t. You were dumb, and factually incorrect….as usual.

xblade on April 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

…so is JugEars going to fly right away to Fort Hood…to console ‘HIS” troops…or his he going to stay in Chicago and party/fund raise?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

George is Mexican. Jennifer is ‘Rican. I believe, knowing ‘Ricans as I do, she’d be very insulted.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Soooo, mixed family…..

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Does that base have duty rotation? Don’t all?
That’s who’s authorized to be armed.
All on duty personnel should be armed. Or at least a contingent.
wolly4321 on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yes – but they aren’t everywhere.
III Corp commander just said security responded “within 15 minutes” and engaged the shooter, at which point he shot himself.
(((Note: 15 minutes)))

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I wasn’t an MP. I pulled armed security watches all the time. Shoreside in the Navy. 8 hours worth every 3 days.

What the hell are they doing?

We trained for base security all the time. Ran security drills 7 days a week.

I don’t get it.

My command was lax in my view.

Ft Hood had reason not to be.

wolly4321 on April 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM

31giddyup on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I didn’t think of civilian newspeople trying to get on post, Giddyup. Thank you for the clarification.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM

31giddyup on April 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I didn’t think of civilian newspeople trying to get on post, Giddyup. Thank you for the clarification.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Also, keep reporters away from family, base personnel, loose lips and all that.

31giddyup on April 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

31giddyup on April 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Completely forgot about the Vulture Patrol…thank you, Giddyup!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I’ll apologize…I shouldn’t have been sarcastic in this thread. It’s a sad event.
nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Thank you. Geez man. I know you love to try in get a zing in but think before you comment on something like this. We owe them better than that.
Honestly. Thank you for apologizing.
hawkdriver on April 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Oh yes we in fact do owe them “better than that.”

Better than prattling on about pancake syrup, yogurt, and tv series as well.

Show some respect!

frank on April 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

frank on April 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Not every party needs a pooper. Begone!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM

frank, frank frank frank frank.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Captain Kickass said he is heartbroken or something and vows that he, Ellen, and Whoopi will get to the bottom of this soon.

DeweyWins on April 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

15 minutes?

We could bolt every hatch on a 455 ft ship in 2 minutes.

We did it over and over again.

Nothing takes 15 minutes.

I didn’t even get that long for chow in boot camp.

wolly4321 on April 2, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM

You picked a heck of a thread for your “party.” Vile.

frank on April 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I didn’t even get that long for chow in boot camp.

wolly4321 on April 2, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Mmm. Chow. Now I’m hungry.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

You picked a heck of a thread for your “party.” Vile.

frank on April 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Attacking broads again I see, frank. Have you no shame?

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

frank on April 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Pee off.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

7 men 1 woman and 1 more enroute to hospital.

3 on ventilators

and a military woman challenged the shooter in the parking lot. It was a woman who challenged in ’09 too.

Prayers for ALL of them.

CoffeeLover on April 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

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