Fort Hood, TEXAS – A US solider, who had served in Iraq, killed four people including himself and injured 16 on Wednesday. He reportedly had a history of mental health issues. The shooter, a military truck driver, was being treated for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and was under psychiatric evaluation for PTSD. No motive has been identified yet, but terrorism has been ruled out.The shooting reignited the debate about mental health reform and gun control.
There were reportedly no indications before the shooting that the gunman could be violent. He purchased his gun at the same store as the 2009 Fort Hood shooter who killed 13 people. President Obama offered comfort to some of the same faces again grieving for soldiers killed in an act of senseless violence. “Part of what makes this so painful is that we’ve been here before,” a somber Mr. Obama told an estimated 3,000 people gathered on Sadowski Field. “This tragedy tears at wounds still raw from five years ago. Once more, soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home, where they’re supposed to be safe. We still do not yet know exactly why. But we do know this: We must honor their lives not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.”