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Apr 3, 2014 4:58 AM

Fort Hood Shooter Was Undergoing Testing For PTSD

FORT HOOD - Federal agents and Army Investigators continue to search for answers at Fort Hood this morning.

After a soldier opened fire yesterday, killing 3 and injuring 16 before apparently turning his gun on himself.

It's the second time in the last five year's there's been a fatal attack by a soldier here at the nation's largest Army post - which remained locked down until late last night.

All-clear, but still far from OK at Fort Hood.

Lt General Mark Milley, Fort Hood, said, "He walked into one of unit buildings opened fires got in vehicle fired from vehicle got out walked into other building and opened fire again."

Three people were killed, 16 injured in the attack before the suspected gunman -identified by military sources as 34 year old Ivan Lopez- apparently turned his weapon on himself.

Lt General Mark Milley, Fort Hood, said, "We do not know a motive soldier had behavior and mental health issues and was being treated for that

Lopez was also undergoing diagnostic testing for post traumatic stress disorder.

Officials say in 2011, he served 4 months of combat duty in Iraq.

Xanderia Morris, neighbor of suspected shooter, said, "You never know who you live next door to."

Xanderia Morris says she was with the wife of the suspected gunman - when she heard the tragic news.

Xanderia Morris said, "She wasn't able to say anything, she just broke down. She was hurting and in disbelief."

Shock and pain being felt in Central Texas.

Dr. Matt Davis, Chief of Trauma Service, Baylor Scott & White Hospital, said, "We all feel indebted to the men and women who put themselves in harms way, and it's heart breaking to be so close to such a tragic event as this."

Tragedy being felt across the country.

President Obama, said, "We're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again."

In 2009 Major Nidal Hassan, opened fire at Fort Hood, the Nation's Largest Army Post, killing 13 and injuring at least 30.

Sergeant John Mark Wasinon, Fort Hood, said, "In 2009, I was here and this thing happen again, and it's unbelievable."

And unbearable for the families and friends of those lost and injured.

The Commanding Officer here says the attack was not an act of terror but investigators have not said what may have sparked the shooting rampage.

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