Wahington: President Barack Obama vowed to do more to protect US soldiers on Wednesday as he paid a somber tribute to victims of last week`s Fort Hood shooting, the second gun rampage at the Texas military base in five years.
The suspected gunman at Fort Hood in Texas argued heatedly with fellow soldiers before going on a shooting spree that left three dead and 16 injured at the expansive US Army base, a military investigator said on Friday.
When Ivan Lopez`s mother died last year, the US soldier suspected of killing three people at the Fort Hood base in Texas told friends the Army gave him just one day to attend her funeral in Puerto Rico.
The soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas was identified as Ivan Lopez, a man battling mental illness when he went on a shooting spree, the base commander said on Thursday.
A military court sentenced Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the US Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he seemed to want in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.
A military judge blocked several key pieces of evidence that prosecutors said would explain the mindset of the soldier accused in the shooting at Fort Hood, including his belief that he had a "jihad duty" to carry out the attack.
A police officer who responded to the 2009 Fort Hood shooting testified on Friday that she remembers trying in vain to fire her weapon as she laying bleeding on the ground with the gunman standing over her.