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Fort Hood on lockdown amid shooting reports

Published: April 2, 2014, 4:16 pm, by Tom Roeder

11 armyFort Hood, Texas, asked soldiers and civilians to shelter in place Wednesday afternoon as authorities there investigated reports of a mass shooting.

The post confirmed the shooting in a 4:40 p.m. news release: “There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are known at this time.”

The post posted this on Facebook: “All personnel on post are asked to shelter in place.”

A Kileen, Texas, television station reports there are multiple victims and at least one has been taken to a hospital.

Any incident on Hood brings back memories of the 2009 mass shooting there that left 13 people dead and 32 injured.

Maj. Nidal Hassan was sentenced to death in the shootings by a court-martial panel.

Fort Hood is one of the largest military installations in America and is home to the 1st Cavalry Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The 3rd ACR moved to Hood from Fort Carson in 2009, when the Hood-based 4th Infantry Division moved to Colorado Springs. The swap of units means many people in the Pikes Peak region have close ties to the Texas post.

Bases in Colorado Springs would not discuss whether their security status was increased due to the Texas incident.

The military has been reviewing on-base security in the wake of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the 2013 incident at the Washington Navy Yard and last month’s dockside shooting at Norfolk Naval Base.

Shootings on military bases aren’t that different from workplace shootings off-base. While soldiers carry firearms full-time overseas, only military police regularly carry firearms on bases in the U.S.

Arming troops in the wake of an incident would be time-consuming, because their rifles and ammunition are locked away and getting them issued to soldiers would take orders from on-high and hours of required paperwork.