Anti-bvbl has a special connection with Fort Hood. Our very own Gainesville Resident often goes there for business. We will rely on him for details.
12 are dead and a minimum of 31 are wounded. The primary shooter is dead. 2 other shooters are in custody. Details are very sketchy. The primary shooter used 2 hand guns. The entire post is under lockdown. One of the dead is a police officer not associated with the military.
Hopefully Gainesville Resident will be our eyes and ears on this thread. Calling on Gainesville. Where are you? Come out come out wherever you are!
From the Associated Press:
The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at a news conference. He said all the casualties took place at the base’s Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening.
“It’s a terrible tragedy. It’s stunning,” Cone said.
Little was known about the three soldiers suspected of taking part in the attack. The soldier used two handguns, Cone said. It was not clear if the gunman had stopped to reload.
A graduation ceremony for soldiers who finished college courses while deployed was going on in an auditorium at the Readiness Center at the time of the shooting, said Sgt. Rebekah Lampam, a Fort Hood spokeswoman.
Greg Schanepp, U.S. Rep. John Carter’s regional director in Texas, was representing Carter at the graduation, said John Stone, a spokesman for Carter, whose district includes the Army post.
Schanepp was at the ceremony when a soldier who had been shot in the back came running toward him and alerted him of the shooting, Stone said. The soldier told Schanepp not to go in the direction of the shooter, he said. Stone said he believes Schanepp was in the theater.
The base was locked down after the shootings. The wounded were dispersed among hospitals in central Texas, Cone said.