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Three remain critical following Fort Hood shootings

Three patients remain in critical condition at one hospital following the shooting at Fort Hood military base, representatives have said in a press conference.

Scott and White Memorial Hospital said it was treating three patients separately for neck, spine and abdominal injuries.

There are a total of 16 injuries following the shootings overall, while three others and the gunman were killed during the incident.

Of a total of nine being treated in the hospital were eight men and one woman, all of whom were military servants, staff added.

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Gunman 'not involved with extremist organisations'

There are no indications that a gunman who killed three people at US army base Fort Hood was involved with "extremist organisations", US Army Secretary John MCHugh has said.

According to Reuters, Mr McHugh said that the gunman was seen by a psychiatrist last month, but showed no signs of violence or suicidal tendencies.

Fort Hood gunman 'did not see combat in Iraq tour'

A gunman who killed three people at the Fort Hood US army base apparently did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago, but was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety, NBC News reported.

Military officials say that records do not show any combat citations or ribbons, but stressed that it did not mean he was not suffering serious psychological problems.

Watch: Soldier 'had mental health and behavioural issues'

Hagel: Something not working when shootings occur

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the shooting at Fort Hood showed that there were problems that still needed to be addressed.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/Press Association Images

"Something is not working", Hagel said, "when we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases." "So we'll identify it, we'll get the facts, and we'll fix it," Hagel told reporters, standing on the flight deck of the USS Anchorage, an amphibious ship, in Hawaii.

Obama questions safety of soldiers returning from duty

Soldiers at home need to feel safe after doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama said, after a gunman with reported mental health issues opened fire at Fort Hood's Army base killing three people.

President Obama raises question of soldiers' safety after doing tours abroad. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/DPA/Press Association Images

"We know these families. We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make. Obviously our thoughts and prayers ... are with the entire community," Mr Obama said.

"When they're at their home base, they need to feel safe. We don't yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again," he said.

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Soldier 'had mental health and behavioural issues'

A US soldier shot dead three people and injured at least 16 before taking his own life at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another deadly rampage in 2009, US officials said.

The soldier, who was being treated for mental health problems, drove to two buildings on the base and opened fire before he was stopped by military police, in an incident that lasted between 15 and 20 minutes, Fort Hood commanding officer Mark Milley said.

Gunman 'was not in the process of leaving Army'

Officials at Fort Hood have released few details about the gunman who killed three people before taking his own life in a shooting at the sprawling Army base. Here is what is known about him.

  • He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Hood, which is a logistics and support unit. Officials have not released his rank , but said he was not in the process of leaving the Army.
  • He served for four months abroad. He was not wounded in action while serving overseas, but self-reported a traumatic brain injury upon his return to the US. "He was not a wounded warrior," said Lieutenant General Mark Milley, the senior officer at Fort Hood.
  • He had one weapon, a .45 calibre Smith and Wesson handgun, that was not registered with post authorities as required. Authorities do not yet know how much ammunition he was carrying.
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