The shooter was an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness.
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Lucy Hamlin waits Wednesday with her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin, to be let back into Fort Hood, Texas, where an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire. Shooter Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others before committing suicide at the same military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009.
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Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer on base, said the gunman recently purchased the weapon, a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic .45 pistol, during a news conference Wednesday outside an entrance to Fort Hood, Texas.
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Local and military police direct traffic outside of an entrance to Fort Hood following reports of an active shooting Wednesday.
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The Fort Hood Twitter account issued a safety notice while the shooter remained at large.
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Media gather around Lt. Gen. Mark Milley during a news conference at the main gate to Fort Hood Wednesday.
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Soldiers listen as Lt. Gen. Mark Milley addresses the media Wednesday.
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"They serve with valor, they serve with distinction and when they're at their home base, they need to feel safe," said President Barack Obama from Chicago Wednesday. "We don't yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again."
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Army Secretary John M. McHugh, left, accompanied by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, updates members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday about the deadly shooting.
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