Is there any doubt we need to do a better job of protecting our troops from within? The Wall Street Journal reports on yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood.
For the second time in five years, an active-duty soldier is believed to have gone on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, killing three people Wednesday at the U.S. Army post here and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself, officials said.
The incident comes even as emotions remain raw from a 2009 shooting at the post that ended with 13 dead and more than 30 injured. Wednesday’s rampage also marks the third time in the past seven months there has been a shooting at a U.S. military base.
“There is no indication this incident is related to terrorism,” Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley said at a news conference Wednesday night.
He added that the suspect had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and had arrived at Fort Hood in February. Gen. Milley said the suspected shooter had exhibited symptoms of depression and anxiety, and was in the process of being diagnosed by military officials for potential post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms before the shooting.