Ivan Lopez's Service Record Reveals Awards, No Hint of Trouble

By Scott Friedman
|  Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 9:25 AM CDT
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The commanding general at Fort Hood, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, positively identified the gunman in Wednesday's mass shooting as 34-year-old Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, a veteran of the Iraq War, in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News

The commanding general at Fort Hood, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, positively identified the gunman in Wednesday's mass shooting as 34-year-old Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, a veteran of the Iraq War, in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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NBC 5 Investigates has obtained the service record for Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, who was positively identified as the gunman in Wednesday's mass shooting at Fort Hood.

In 2011, he had spent four months in Iraq but had spent the last four years at Fort Bliss in El Paso where he was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

Lopez moved to Fort Hood in February where he was reassigned to the 13th Sustainment Command.  He was also undergoing testing to see if he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder but had not yet been diagnosed. 

In March, Lopez bought the gun used in Wednesday’s shooting at the same gun store where Nidal Hasan bought the weapon used in the 2009 Fort Hood Attack that killed 13 people on base and wounded another 32.  It's also the same store with Pfc. Nasar Abdo attempted, but failed, to buy a weapon in an attack he was planning at a restaurant near the base.

NBC 5 Investigates talked with area police in all the places Lopez has lived in recent years.  So far none of them can find any records of previous trouble.

Pictures emerged Thursday from family, friends and the National Guard in Puerto Rico where Lopez had served from 1999 to March 2010.

The photos show Lopez as a laid back, family guy; Lopez was married and had two children.

“We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicated unstable psychiatric and physiological condition,” said the commanding general at Fort Hood, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley at Thursday’s news conference.

Back home in Puerto Rico, a neighbor said he believes war had an effect on Lopez.

Thursday, the mayor in Lopez’s hometown expressed surprise and said he was trying to help his family.  In Spanish he said it was a complex situation and that Lopez was a gentleman and a regular kid.

Below is Lopez's service record.

SERVICE VERIFICATION

NAME:
Ivan Antonio Lopez

RANK:
Active Duty: Entered as Private First Class in April 2010, promoted to Specialist (SPC), effective October 2010
National Guard: Promoted to PFC effective April 2003, SPC effective November 2004

HOME OF RECORD:
Guayanilla, Puerto Rico

MOS:
Active Duty: Infantry, Infantryman (11B), awarded Transportation, Motor Transport Operator (88M) MOS in February 2014.
National Guard: Army Bandsperson, Percussion (42R), secondary: Infantry, Infantryman (11B)

STATUS:
Active Army/Army National Guard

SERVICE:
January 1999 to March 2010: Army National Guard of Puerto Rico; 248th Army Band and 1st Battalion, 295th Infantry Regiment (Light)
April 2010 to February 2014: 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored    Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
February 2014 to present: 154 Transportation Company, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, Texas

DEPLOYMENTS: 
Egypt: January 2007-January 2008
Iraq: August to December 2011

AWARDS:
Army Commendation Medal (2 awards)
Army Achievement Medal (4 awards)
Army Good Conduct Medal (3 awards)
National Defense Service Medal (2 awards)
Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device
Multinational Force and Observers Medal (2 awards)

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