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Saturday 23 August 2014

Fort Hood gunman 'was unstable'

Published 04/04/2014 | 06:47

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Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas (AP/Glidden Lopez)
Lieutenant Mark Milley talks to the media near Fort Hood's main gate (AP)

Unstable mental health may be the underlying cause of a soldier's fatal shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas this week, investigators said.

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But they also believe an argument with another service member probably preceded the attack.

Specialist Ivan Lopez turned his gun on himself after killing three people and wounding 16 others on Wednesday at the nation's largest army post.

It is the same military base where more than a dozen people were fatally shot by a soldier in 2009.

Lt Gen Mark Milley, Fort Hood's senior officer, said Lopez's psychological issues may be the "fundamental, underlying cause" of the attack.

Lopez had been undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety while being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lt Gen Milley also said Lopez was probably involved in an argument before the shooting.

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