Cone told reporters at the base that the gunman was killed in the attack at
the facility, the biggest military base in the world and a prime point of
deployment for US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two other soldiers were apprehended as suspects.
Cone said the shooting took place at a “Soldier Readiness Facility” where
soldiers preparing for overseas deployment were getting last-minute medical
checkups. The shooting took place at about 1:30 p.m. CST (1930 GMT).
“The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two
additional soldiers that are suspects. There were eyewitness accounts that
there may have been more than one shooter,” Cone said .
Christopher Hogue, chief of media at Fort Hood, told reporters: “The only one
we know who was shooting was killed and he had two handguns.” The shooter
was included in total of 12 killed.
President Barack Obama, speaking during an event at the Department of the
Interior in Washington, said it was a “horrific outburst of violence”. He
added: “It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on
Pentagon officials said it was unclear what triggered the shooting. “I don’t
know how anybody can speculate about motives at this time given how few
facts we have,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.
A US Army official in Washington said the incident took place shortly before a
scheduled graduation event at the base.
The massive Fort Hood base, is home to about 50,000 troops, although Texas
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said there were about 35,000 troops at the base
at the time.
Fort Hood is halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles from each city.
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