Fort Hood gunman was being treated for mental illness

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The Iraq War veteran who opened fire at the Fort Hood military base Wednesday afternoon, killing three, wounding 16 and then fatally shooting himself, was a married 34-year-old Army specialist who was being treated for mental illness, authorities said.

Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, who was from Puerto Rico and had joined the island’s National Guard in 1999, had only been assigned to Fort Hood earlier this year, working as a truck driver. Officials have so far not said what Lopez’s motive was, and while Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer at the facility, said Wednesday evening there was no indication of terrorism, he added “we’re not ruling anything out.”

Lopez was armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson and turned the gun on himself when confronted by a female military police officer in a parking lot of the base, near Killeen, Texas.

Milley said Lopez, who had served four months in combat in Iraq in 2011, had “behavioral and mental health issues” and was being treated for those. The gunman had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, Milley said.

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