Reactions From Around the State to Shooting at Fort Hood

As news reports of a shooting in Fort Hood were confirmed, officials across the state have been sending their condolences to all families affected by the tragedy.

NBC News reported that three victims and the gunman are dead following a shooting at the Fort Hood Army post Wednesday. One other victim is in grave condition, while 16 others are injured, according to NBC News and military officials.

A military official told NBC News that the shooter has been identified as 34-year-old enlisted Army soldier Ivan Lopez. Lopez is believed to be the only shooter.

Gov. Rick Perry released a statement regarding the shooting:

“Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Rep. nominee for governor tweeted:

State Sen. Wendy Davis, Dem. nominee for governor, released a statement about the shooting:

"Texans are united in deep sorrow at this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are with the families and all those who service at Fort Hood."

State Sen. Troy Fraser represents Senate District 24, the district that includes Bell County, the home of Fort Hood released a statement about the shooting:

"Tonight, I join countless others in grieving following the senseless violence at Fort Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with all the brave men and women in uniform who serve us at Fort Hood and with their families and loved ones. Perhaps my greatest honor as a legislator is representing the tight-knit community of Fort Hood. While we await more information surrounding this tragedy, I ask that you pray for peace and healing."

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted his condolences:

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn issued a stated about the shooting:

“Tonight, Texans’ hearts are once again very heavy. The scenes coming from Ft. Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories. No community should have to go through this horrific violence once, let alone twice. I ask that all Americans join Sandy and me in praying for the victims, their families and the entire Ft. Hood community.”

Gayle Fishel, with United Service Organizations, responded to the active shooting situation in Fort Hood.

"Our hearts are with the troops and famllies of Fort Hood. This is an active situation and we are following it closely. We are working with the base for all details and statements. We do not have any information to release. You will have to contact the Fort Hood authorities."

Congressman Pete Sessions released this statement on the shooting:

“It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to the families who lost loved ones at Fort Hood yesterday.  It pains me to hear that the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom faced such a devastating tragedy here at home.  I am extremely grateful for the brave first responders who aided those in harm’s way and will continue to send prayers to all who were injured.  During this difficult time, I stand ready to support the Fort Hood community in any way possible.”

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