The fort Hood tragedy caused by shooter/disrupted soldier Ivan Lopez can make anyone shiver just to think about it. Can you picture his close friends, family, his wife? It sure must be hard times for all parties involved, so first of all we want to extend our deep condolences and prayers to families and those mourning for all the fallen.
The NYdailynews reports a neighbor was accompanying Ivan’s wife –who has yet to be identified –when she found out the terrible happenings. The neighbor said Ivan’s wife became “hysterical” the moment she saw on TV that her husband was the gunman.
She was worried and she was crying” Morris told CNN. “I tried to console her and comfort her, let her know everything was okay.”
We can not imagine what she is going through, to learn the person you love, the father of your children, the one you trust for life, killed three people and left 16 wounded after opening fire at Fort Hood. Her 34-year-old husband then proceeded to take his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the deadly attack. The shooting took place at 4 p.m. On Wednesday.
Reports indicate Ms. Lopez had just moved to the Killeen area with his family in February, after transferring from another Texas military base. She is mother to Ivan’s three-year-old daughter. Her husband was a veteran who served four months in Iraq and was undergoing treatment for mental health issues. Lopez suffered from depression, anxiety and other psychiatric complaints and was receiving treatment and medication.
He was going through the process required to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder. At one time, he was part of the National Guard in Puerto Rico, but he left the guard to join the U.S. Army. The Puerto Rican native enlisted in the Army in June 2008 as an infantry soldier, later becoming a truck driver, his wife is also believed to be Puerto Rican.
Moments later Ms. Lopez was taken from the apartment by law enforcement officials, and is said to be cooperating with the FBI. The motives that drove her husband to use a none-base-registered .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol to shoot random victims and on himself are still under investigation.
Do you think his wife could have key elements to explain her husband’s actions?
President Barack Obama has been informed of the situation and issued a statement regarding the shooting Wednesday evening. “We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” the President said. “We’re following it closely. … I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”