Hagel says it's too soon to draw conclusions from Fort Hood shooting, more facts needed

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the closing news conference for a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hagel will next travel to Japan, China and Mongolia for his fourth Asian visit since he took office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it's too soon to draw any broad conclusions about safety at U.S. military bases after the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

He said Thursday that as the investigation unfolds, the Pentagon will continue to take a close look at any new lessons that can be learned from Wednesday's tragedy and implement any needed changes to base security.

He said the Defense Department has implemented changes after other shootings, including the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood and last year's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. He said the safety of the troops was a priority for defense leaders and commanders.

He said that while one incident was too many, the U.S. has a lot of bases around the world and they are safe places.

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