Officials address mental health concerns after shooting

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, left,and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, right, talk to the media near Fort Hood's main gate, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — Officials released more details about the suspected shooter, but also turned to the issue of mental health at a press conference Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley says investigators are looking into the kind of assistance the suspected shooter, Ivan Lopez, was receiving.

“We’ve asked for external investigators to come in for all of that, to ensure that there are no gaps or seams,” Lt. Gen. Milley said. “We do know that he was under treatment, so he was in the system and he was being looked at.”

Jessenia Orstead said she herself is an U.S. Army Veteran suffering from PTSD. She says soldiers need proper mental care.

“It was horrible, it brought a lot of very bad memories, what happened yesterday,” said Orstead.

Senator John Coryn , R-Texas, urged people not to automatically assume combat veterans will suffer from mental health issues.

“We shouldn’t stigmatize healthy people who are resilient, who are able to deal with those stresses,” said Cornyn. “We ought to identify those people the best we can who do need help and get them the help that they need. And this remains, to me, one of the most vexing, but also one of the most urgent issues.”

Lt. Gen. Milley also said investigators are still putting together the movements of the shooter.

Milley also spoke of what he called heroes. We also learned about a chaplain that Milley says shielded others and tried to help to safety. He says that chaplain survived.

The post’s command plans to have another media briefing Friday. They’re also planning a memorial for early next week to remember the fallen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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