April 2, 2014
CBS News identified the shooter as Ivan Lopez, 34.
He was reportedly in uniform at the time of the shooting.
Fort Hood has confirmed the shooting, but has issued little other information.
“Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services has an initial report that a shooter is dead but this is unconfirmed,” the post said in an updated statement at around 6:30 p.m.
The Associated Press earlier quoted a U.S. law enforcement official as saying the suspected gunman is believed to be dead.
Some of the wounded were taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on post and others to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
It’s still early, so there are conflicting reports about what happened. At the moment, I don’t even take that death toll seriously. When the news agencies and officials have a chance to double check things, then we can believe what we’re told. On Twitter today, someone posted this handy checklist of how to treat early reports of an incident like this, where people are frightened and they and the news are taken by surprise:
This is why I won’t write anything more than to extend my condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
UPDATE/Afterword: Apparently, another person with a gun is loose at Kent State University, Ohio. All that seems to be known at this point is that at least one shot was fired, and the campus is locked down.
Hopefully, this will be all the damage from that incident.