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Mental health of gunman may have led to Fort Hood shooting

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Military officials say Lopez had no record of misbehavior. That’s just one detail that has emerged in the investigation, as those military officials and some members of Congress try to piece together what happened. Washington reporter Geoff Bennett has more.

FORT HOOD, Texas -- As a fuller picture emerges of Wednesday night’s deadly shooting incident at Fort Hood, Washington lawmakers and top military brass are sharing what they know about the alleged suspect.

Representative John Carter 31st District said, "The motive is still unclear."

Texas Republican Congressman John Carter, whose district includes Ft. Hood, says investigators still don't know why 34-year-old Ivan Lopez allegedly shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others before taking his own life.

Carter added, "As to what his thinking process was, I think we're a long way from knowing that."

Thursday morning, Army Secretary John McHugh told members of the Senate Armed Services committee that Lopez was being was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder and was on medication for depression and anxiety but showed no warning signs of being violent.

Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh said, “As of this morning, we had no indication on the record of that examination that there was any sign of likely violence either to himself or to others. No suicidal ideation."

McHugh also told lawmakers the weapon Lopez allegedly used was not registered with base officials, as military regulations require.

Texas Republican Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a Wednesday night television interview, the fatal shooting incident serves as another reminder that service members should be able to carry concealed weapons on base.

But Ft. Hood's commanding general disagrees and so does Congressman Carter.

"I'm with the Army. I don't think it's appropriate for us to decide how the Army wants to police up their people." Carter said.

And Army investigators say they have not yet discovered any link between the alleged shooter and extremist organizations.

But they say they will continue to investigate and provide the facts as they learn them to members of Congress. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP