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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood never saw combat during a deployment to Iraq and had shown no apparent risk of violence before gunning down fellow service members on the same military base that was the scene of an infamous 2009 mass shooting, authorities said Thursday.
Spc. Ivan Lopez seemed to have a clean record that showed no ties to extremist groups. But the Army secretary promised that investigators would keep all avenues open in their inquiry of the Puerto Rican truck driver whose rampage ended only after he fired a final bullet into his own head.
"We're not making any assumptions by that. We're going to keep an open mind and an open investigation. We will go where the facts lead us," Army Secretary John McHugh said, explaining that "possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully."
Wednesday's attack also wounded 16 people, all of them in the military. Officials at a hospital in nearby Temple said three patients who were critically hurt were expected to survive. Several others could be released later Thursday. A few more were being treated elsewhere.
A spokeswoman for the Puerto Rico National Guard, in which Lopez had served, and members of his family in Puerto Rico confirmed that he was the gunman.
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