The identities of the three victims who lost their lives in a shooting at Fort Hood were revealed by the base’s commanding general on Friday.
Daniel Ferguson, a 39-year-old transportation supervisor who had served in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan; Carlos Lazaney Rodriguez, a 38-year-old unity supply sergeant with service in Kuwait and Iraq; and 37-year-old Timothy Owens, a heavy vehicle driver with service in Kuwait and Iraq, were killed along with accused gunman Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, Lieutenant General Mark A. Milley said in an afternoon press conference.
Lopez allegedly killed the three after a verbal altercation on Wednesday escalated into violence. He later killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As the investigation into the shooting continues, Milley said that Lopez’s mental health is no longer being looked at as a primary factor. Despite previously revealing that Lopez had been undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety and was in the process of being examined for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Milley said his mental condition was not a “direct precipitating factor” in the mass shooting that killed four people and injured 16 others.
Instead, officials are honing in on the heated argument that Lopez allegedly had with other soldiers in his unit on Wednesday. Milley said they have credible sources that the shooting stemmed from that altercation, but that a team of 150 special agents is still gathering evidence.
Investigators are also looking at a variety of other angles, including Lopez’s background and whether the attack has any ties to terrorism. Officials have determined that Lopez does not have any criminal history and that he acted alone, but they are still looking into his combat history. And while no evidence has pointed to the shooting being a terrorist attack, Milley said they have not ruled it out.
Milley added that they have not determined a motive for the attack and are still waiting for a forensics report on the weapon Lopez allegedly used.
The military base is planning to hold a memorial service for the victims of the shooting sometime next week. Five of the wounded victims are still hospitalized.You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me @dougsaffir