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Fort Hood gunman had argument with other soldiers

Governor Rick Perry (left) and Senator Ted Cruz, who visited the wounded at a military hospital, spoke at Fort Hood.
Governor Rick Perry (left) and Senator Ted Cruz, who visited the wounded at a military hospital, spoke at Fort Hood.Joe raedle/Getty Images

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KILLEEN, Texas — The Army specialist at Fort Hood who killed three and wounded 16 of his fellow soldiers Wednesday had an angry dispute over a leave request shortly before the shooting rampage, a law enforcement official said Friday.

After a meeting where he had sought a leave to attend to family matters, he was clearly agitated and disrespectful, said the official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation.

Fort Hood officials and a spokesman for Army investigators declined to comment Friday about the meeting and its role in the shooting, but they confirmed in an afternoon news conference that the specialist, Ivan Antonio Lopez, became angry with soldiers from his unit before the attack. Two of those he killed were in his unit, a transportation battalion of the 13th Sustainment Command. Officials stressed that they had still not established a clear motive.

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