Fort Hood, the Army base in Killeen, was home to a fatal shooting for the second time in five years on April 2. Spc. Ivan Lopez, the suspected gunman, killed three soldiers and injured 16 in a matter of eight minutes before turning the gun on himself, according to CNN.
While the shooters’ true motives are not certain, Lopez’s records show a history of treatment for anxiety and depression. However, CNN found that the request for transfer Lopez had submitted had been denied just before the shooting started.
Eric Ambrose, senior music major from Killeen, has a sister, a cousin and an aunt who work on base. He said his fear over the incident isn’t so much about whether it will happen again, but how this will affect those stationed at Fort Hood.
“I am fearful for my friends and family who work and live out there,” Ambrose said. “I am fearful of how this will affect my friends stationed there, how this will shape and impact them and the families of our heroes who live there. For the men and women who live and serve in the first Calvary and fourth infantry divisions, they are all heroes.”
For Lindsey Emmons, senior sociology major from Killeen, the shooting brought back memories of the 2009 shooting where an Army major fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others.
“I have a lot of friends stationed in Fort Hood and to have another shooting happen is really scary,” Emmons said. “It’s sad too because you’d think Fort Hood is somewhere that soldiers can come home to and be safe because that is their home.”
Some say the incident has brought to light issues of how soldiers are treated after coming back from war and the effects war has on them mentally.
“These men and women are heroes in the truest sense,” Ambrose said. “They lay down their lives for a cause not of their own so that we as a whole may live free. But evil shows itself everywhere, even in the halls of our heroes. It is not how we choose to view evil but how we choose to combat it that makes all the difference.”