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Apr 2, 2014 8:06 PM by Connie Murphy

8 Wounded, 4 Critically in Fort Hood Shooting; Gunman Dead

(KXAS) -  A shooting Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Hood Army post has left multiple people injured, and the shooter is believed to be dead, post officials said. The post remains on lockdown.

NBC News reported that eight people were injured, four of them critically, and that the person who died is believed to be the gunman. Officials are still searching and clearing buildings at the post, but a military official told NBC News that the deceased shooter appeared to be the only shooter despite an earlier report of two gunmen.

NBC News' Pete Williams reported that the shooter was in uniform.

The Associated Press, citing an internal memo from the Justice Department, reported that the Fort Hood shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The AP also reported, citing a defense official, that 14 people had been wounded in the shooting.

From Chicago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a large black curtain Wednesday evening and, with an American flag to his right, addressed the shooting at Fort Hood.

"We're following it closely. The situation is fluid right now ... I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened," Obama said. "We're heartbroken something like this might have happened again."

Fort Hood officials have confirmed that a shooting occurred at the post, though the post has not confirmed the number of people injured. Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services said in a news release that it had an initial report that the shooter was dead, but that the report was also unconfirmed.

Scott & White Hospital in Temple confirms they have a command center in place and have received three patients from the post.

The shooting is believed to have taken place at the Medical Brigade Building. Local NBC affiliate KCEN-TV reported there were also reports of victims at the Battle Simulation Center.

Just after 5 p.m. local time, the post tweeted that all personnel were being asked to shelter in place, close doors and stay away from windows. Soon after, Central Texas College's campus was evacuated and all classes canceled.

Officials with the Bell County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety are helping to secure the perimeter of the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services.

 

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