Fort Hood mourns its dead

For the second time in just over five years, President Obama paid tribute to fallen soldiers at a memorial service at the Fort Hood, where a lone gunman went berserk.

For the second time in just over five years, President Obama paid tribute this week to fallen soldiers at a memorial service at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, where a lone gunman went berserk last week, killing three people and wounding 16 others. Witnesses and relatives of the wounded said that Spc. Ivan Lopez’s rampage began when he walked into a human-resources office and requested a leave of absence, but was told to come back the next day. Lopez left, but returned moments later with an unauthorized semi-automatic handgun and opened fire, killing two soldiers. He then walked outside and indiscriminately shot at other soldiers, before turning the gun on himself when confronted by an armed military police officer.

Army officials acknowledged that Lopez—who served as a truck driver in Iraq in 2011—was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder and was taking medications for anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. But he had not shown any signs of being a threat to himself or others, officials said.

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