Washington: A soldier opened fire at Fort Hood, an army base in Texas and scene of a massacre in 2009, killing three people and wounding at least 11 others before taking his own life.
The violence Wednesday apparently stemmed from some sort of soldier dispute, CBS News said citing law enforcement sources. The shooter had been identified as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez, it said.
President Barack Obama who was in Chicago was briefed about the incident. Speaking to reporters at a hastily arranged briefing at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, he said: "The situation is fluid right now."
The President said his national security team was in close contact with the Defence Department and FBI and "working with folks on the ground to determine exactly what happened to make sure that everybody is secure".
“And I want to just assure all of us that we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened, he said.
“Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago,” Obama said recalling the 2009 shooting.
“We're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again.”
Warning sirens went off around 4.25 p.m. and all personnel were urged to shelter in place as the base went on lockdown, according to CBS.
A man, who said he was a witness, told CBS affiliate KWTX that about 20 shots were fired at a post motor pool.