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UPDATE: Suspected Gunman Identified

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UPDATE: FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army's top civilian official says the soldier accused in the Fort Hood shooting this week was deployed for the final months of the Iraq war but did not see combat.  Three people died and 16 were wounded before the shooter committed suicide.  Army Secretary John McHugh testified Thursday that the soldier appeared to have no connections to extremist groups. 

The soldier is identified by others as Ivan Lopez. He enlisted in the Army in June 2008 as an infantryman and later switched his specialty to truck driver, the job he had in Iraq.  McHugh says the soldier was examined by a psychiatrist last month and was found to show no violent or suicidal tendencies. He says the soldier had been prescribed Ambien to deal with a sleeping problem.
   
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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A federal law enforcement official says a suspected gunman at the Army's Fort Hood is dead. And according to a local law enforcement official, sheriff's deputies and state troopers from a nearby post were dispatched after receiving reports of an "active shooter." According to a Justice Department internal report, the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound.

President Barack Obama has issued a statement saying the country is heartbroken over the shooting. Fort Hood was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.

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