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Apr 4, 2014 5:30 AM

Fort Hood Investigation Continues

FORT HOOD - The investigation continues at Fort Hood this morning.

After 4 soldiers, including the suspected gunman were killed. 16 others injured, in the second mass shooting at the Nation's largest Army post in the last five years.

Soldiers and civilians are back at their posts this morning here at Fort Hood but it will be a long time before anything seems anywhere close to "normal" again here.

Investigators and so many in this grieving community, continue this morning to search for answers.

Military officials believe 34 year old Army Specialist Ivan Lopez chose his victims at random, after an argument with fellow soldiers.

Lt. General Mark Milley, Commander, Fort Hood, said, "there's a strong possibility that in fact preceded the shooting. But we do not have that fact definitively at this point. But we do have strong indications of that."

On a post filled with combat veterans, many who moved in to help.

Lt. General Mark Milley said, "There were several instances of clear heroism here."

The military policewoman- who confronted Lopez before he apparently turned his gun on himself, an Army Chaplain, injured as he jumped into the line of fire.

Lt. General Mark Milley said, "He shielded some individuals, broke some windows, and got them out to safety."

But there were three soldiers who did not escape the massacre, including Sergeant Timothy Owens.

Mary Louise Muntean, Timothy Owens' Mother said, "I was proud of him, very proud of him, because he was fighting for our Country."

The ten year Army veteran served in both Iraq and Kuwait, but did not survive an attack here, at home.

President Obama said, "To see unspeakable senseless violence happen in a place they're supposed to be safe, home base, is tragic."

A tragedy investigators admit they may never fully understand.

Understanding this community will search for during a prayers service this evening, and a memorial for the victims being planned for next week.

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