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Gunman's actions shocks community and neighbors

A community and a wife are still in shock after learning 34-year-old Ivan Lopez was the shooter who killed 3 people and then himself on Fort Hood. Neighbors say it was in the courtyard of the Terrace Heights Apartment Complex where Lopez's wife heard the news that her husband had been killed in the Wednesday's shooting, but she had no idea he was behind it.

As the news spread about the shooting at Fort Hood more people became worried, including the wife of Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez.

"When we were outside in the courtyard me and some other neighbors, my neighbor right here, and some other ladies were discussing what was going on and noticed she was coming out of her apartment and she seemed hysterical and seemed like she had been crying so I did as anyone else would do, I consoled her," Lopez's neighbor Xanderia Morris said.

Surrounded by some family members and neighbors, Lopez's wife stayed inconsolable as she waited anxiously to hear from her husband.

"She might have thought he was a victim, that is what I gathered, because she said she hadn't talked to him since three o'clock," Morris said.

Lopez held out hope, but when she heard her husband's name on the news, she couldn't believe it.

"She was about to go upstairs when they alerted...they said their name over the news," Morris said. "When they said his name she immediately stopped like he was about to collapse."

Not only was Lopez's wife in utter shock, but so were her neighbors who say they never thought someone like Ivan Lopez would do something like this.

"It was very traumatic I mean everyone was in tears. You had some teenagers and they were upset about it. The only one that didn't know anything about it was the three-year-old," Morris said.

"It took me till one o'clock to actually realize wow that was know...I can't believe it. I saw him at lunch he seemed perfectly fine..and it was just mind blowing really," Lopez's neighbor Shaneice Banks said.

Lopez left behind a wife and a 3-year-old daughter. They both left their Killeen home at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, and have not returned. He served nine years with the Puerto Rican National Guard before joining the army. According to ABC News -- he spent two years at Fort Bliss in El Paso before moving to Central Texas in February.

Federal authorities say the he used in the attack was a 45-caliber Smith and Wesson. He had bought it at the Guns Galore store in Killeen, the same store that Nidal Hasan bought his guns he used in the Fort Hood Shooting in 2009.

Store employees would not confirm nor deny that Lopez did buy the gun there. They did confirm though that federal agents did grab some information from them Wednesday night.

In an update Thursday afternoon, Fort Hood officials for the first time confirmed Lopez was the shooter. They also went into a few acts of heroism Wednesday. That includes the medical staff who helped get soldiers the help they needed quickly.

General Mark Milley says the first 911 call came in at 4:16 Wednesday afternoon, and that simple act was something heroic.

"That call was made by two wounded soldiers who in it of themselves demonstrated heroism and presence of mind to go ahead and make a 911 call," Milley said.

Milley says the woman MP who confronted the shooter also helped it so there could be no more damage done.

"And as I described yesterday, put his hands up, then went down, underneath his jacket he pulled out the 45 caliber Smith & Wesson, and then engaged him with small arms fire at which time the shooter did a self inflicted gunshot wound," Milley said.
Milley also says a chaplain risked his own life for the safety of others.

"At least one chaplain I'm aware of that shielded and saved other soldiers broke some windows and got them to safety."
Senator John Cornyn says this is the second time he's been here in four and a half years, and he says from his experience the people will now band together.
"This community is no stranger to hardship and challenges. They have met the test each and every time. I know they will do that again," Cornyn said.
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