Ft. Hood shooter was being treated for mental illness

Fort Hood Scene

(CNN) — The U.S. military is not ready to identify the man who opened fire at the Fort Hood base in Texas on Wednesday.

They will give no name, no rank, until his family has been informed, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley told reporters.

But the wealth of information Milley did provide paints a rough picture of the man who killed three people and wounded 16 more before shooting himself to death.

He was married and had family in the area of the base. He had transferred to Fort Hood in February and was receiving treatment and medication for mental health issues.

He suffered from depression, anxiety and other psychiatric complaints and was going through the process required to diagnose Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

“He was not diagnosed, as of today, with PTSD,” Milley said. That process takes time.

The shooter had served for four months in Iraq in 2011, and although Milley said he had not been wounded, he himself had reported having sustained a traumatic brain injury.

As one can imagine, there are plenty of weapons on the military base, and people who carry them openly.

But the shooter chose to acquire on his own, a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol and conceal it, Milley said. It is against regulations to do so.

The man worked in the base’s transportation segment, and one of the buildings he opened fire in housed Fort Hood’s transportation administration.

He also opened fire in another building, and drove in his car between the two.

In the end, a female military police officer confronted the shooter in a parking lot. He pulled the concealed weapon, put it to his head and pulled the trigger.

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