US army men killed three other soldiers at Fort Hood military base

A mass shooting occurred at the Fort Hood military base on 2 April 2014 near Killeen, Texas, US.

Created On: Apr 5, 2014 13:50 IST

A mass shooting occurred at the Fort Hood military base on 2 April 2014 near Killeen, Texas, US. A soldier shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others before killing himself. The shooter named Ivan Lopez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ivan Lopez was suspected of smuggling onto the base a recently purchased Smith & Wesson .45 caliber pistol that was used in the shootings.

imageLopez purchased the firearm at Guns Galore. Guns Galore is the same store in Killeen where former Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan bought the weapon and killed 13 people and wound 32 others at Fort Hood in 2009.

About Fort Hood

Fort Hood is a United States military post located in Killeen, Texas. Fort Hood was founded in 1942 out of 108000 acres of Texas farming land and initially known as Camp Hood. Eight years after officially opened, Camp Hood became permanent military installation and was renamed Fort Hood.

The post is named after Confederate General John Bell Hood. It is located halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles (100 km) from each within the U.S. state of Texas.

Fort Hood is one of the largest military installations in the world with nearly 65000 soldiers. The base was divided into three sections: the main cantonment, West Fort Hood, and North Fort Hood. Units from the base have been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and US hurricane relief operations.

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