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Soldier kills 3, wounds 16 before taking own life at Fort Hood: Commander

Published on Apr 3, 2014 11:20 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas (REUTERS) - A US soldier shot dead three people and injured at least 16 on Wednesday before taking his own life at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another deadly rampage in 2009, US officials said.

The soldier, who was being treated for mental health problems, drove to two buildings on the base and opened fire before he was stopped by military police, in an incident that lasted between 15 and 20 minutes, Fort Hood commanding officer Mark Milley said.

The gunman then shot himself in the head with a .45-caliber pistol, Milley added.

Security officials said preliminary information identified the gunman as Ivan Lopez, and the shooting was not linked to terrorism.

A soldier and his wife waiting to get back to their home on the base at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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