Fort Hood officials confirm Fort Hood gunman engaged in verbal altercation
FORT HOOD, TX (KXXV) -
Fort Hood officials have confirmed that gunman Ivan Lopez was involved in a verbal altercation immediately before he went on his deadly rampage last week.
For the first time, the Army says that the confrontation dealt directly with Lopez requesting leave, and when he was denied a request off form, he got his weapon and opened fire.
Criminal Investigation Command released an official diagram of the route they believe Lopez took during his 8 minute shooting rampage. C.I.D. spokesman Chris Grey said at least one of the soldiers killed had been verbally sparring with Lopez just minutes before he pulled out his .45 caliber pistol and began shooting.
Witnesses said after Lopez left the administration building where the shooting began, he then drove slowly across post firing his weapon at soldiers along the way.
They said when he arrived at the motor pool office building where he worked, he got out of his vehicle, went inside and fatally shot one soldier.
After he arrived at the Medical Brigade Unit, Lopez then shot and injured a soldier who was standing outside the front of the building before fatally shot one last soldier and wounding another.
Fort Hood said they still don’t know why he went to the Medical Brigade Unit and that they may never know his full motivation.
“We sincerely hope all of us in law enforcement - our efforts to diligently seek the truth will in some small way provide comfort to the loved ones of the deceased and those who are struggling through this difficult time,” Grey said.
After Lopez left the Medial Brigade Unit, he was engaged by a Fort Hood police officer who exchanged words with him and fired one round at him but missed. Officials say that’s when Lopez pulled out his pistol and took his own life.
Since C.I.D.’s investigation began, they’ve collected more than 235 pieces of evidence including 35 shell casings, many of which were found in Lopez’s car.
Officials reiterated that they’ve found no links to terrorism during the course of their investigation, but since it’s ongoing, they will not be ruling anything out officially. They said they’ve found no criminal history tied to Lopez prior to the shooting.
President Obama and the First Lady will be flying into Fort Hood on Wednesday to attend the memorial service at Sadowski Field to honor the three killed.
It’s scheduled to begin at 2 P.M. News Channel 25 will be streaming it live.