PICTURED: The gunman 'being assessed for PTSD' who opened fire at Fort Hood injuring 16 and killing three before turning the gun on himself
Ivan Lopez has been identified as the shooter who brought terror to the Texas army base on Wednesday afternoon
Lopez, a 34-year-old married father, had served one tour in Iraq in 2011 but did he did not have any recorded combat experience
Was upset about his mother and grandmother's deaths and had disagreements with base authorities about getting leave for their funerals
He started shooting from inside the medical building where he was seeking treatment for 'self-reported' brain injuries
Was prescribed Ambien to help deal with sleeping problems
Reportedly suffered from anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder but had not been formally diagnosed at the time of the shooting
Killed three others and injured 16 people, some of whom are in critical condition
By Meghan Keneally and Mia De Graaf
Published: 09:39 EST, 3 April 2014 | Updated: 11:47 EST, 3 April 2014
The soldier who opened fire at Fort Hood army base on Wednesday has now been identified as Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old married father who had just moved to Texas with his wife and young daughter three weeks before the shooting.
Lopez previously served in the Army National Guard in Puerto Rico and did one four-month tour of duty in Iraq occurred in 2011. He was not wounded in action while serving overseas, but self-reported a traumatic brain injury upon his return to the U.S.
Army Secretary John McHugh reported that Lopez had been prescribed Ambien to help deal with a sleeping problem but was not found to show suicidal or violent tendencies.
An old friend of Lopez's is the first to give some insight into what could have prompted him to snap, saying that the pair had spoken just two days before the shooting and Lopez seemed upset at someone at the base.