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Fort Hood base shooting rampage lasted 8 minutes: Investigators

Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:22 AM
United States flags are pictured in front of the Central Christian Church in Killeen, Texas on April 3, 2014, where the Fort Hood Army Base is located. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

AUSTIN (REUTERS) - The shooting rampage at the Fort Hood US Army base last week started with an argument over leave and lasted eight minutes, with the suspected shooter getting in and out of his car as he fired on soldiers he worked with and others who happened onto his path, investigators said on Monday.

Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, drove his car slowly through the central Texas base as he carried out the rampage. He got out at two facilities, including the place he was assigned, fatally shooting three people and wounding 16 more before turning the gun on himself, Christopher Grey, spokesman for the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, told a news conference.

The shooting was the second deadly rampage at the base, one of the largest US Army posts in the country, in five years. It raised questions about protecting soldiers at home and caring for troops battling mental illness, such as Lopez.

The incident started with the argument at an administration building, Grey said as he filled in some of the details of the shooting spree. Grey did not take questions.

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