Fort Hood Shooter recently left Fort Bliss

Updated: Thursday, April 3 2014, 10:13 PM MDT
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By: Genevieve Curtis

EL PASO, Texas - The U.S. Department of Defense has identified the soldier involved in Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood, in central Texas.

Officials said Spec. Ivan A. Lopez, 34, of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico is the person responsible for killing three people and injuring 16 before killing himself.
 
Investigators at Fort Hood said Lopez was undergoing evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder and was being treated for anxiety and depression and had been prescribed Ambien to help with sleep.
 
Lopez had a recently arrived at Fort Hood from Fort Bliss.
 
Fort Bliss officials said he was stationed at Fort Bliss and assigned to the 1st Armored Division from
April 2010 until November 2013, including a four-month deployment to Iraq in 2011 with his brigade in support of Operation New Dawn.

While stationed at Fort Bliss, Lopez performed duties as an infantryman including rifleman, grenadier and vehicle driver.

Due to a medical condition, he reclassified to become a truck driver in December 2013.

Lopez had previously been part of Puerto Rico's National Guard.
 
Lopez was married and had at least one child. The family lived at an apartment complex on El Paso's east side during their time at Fort Bliss.
 
Some of his former neighbors told KFOX14 Lopez was quiet and kept to himself.
 
One woman said her granddaughter and Lopez's daughter had once played together.
 
The couple kept a Puerto Rico flag hung in their window and neighbors said they could not recall anything out of the ordinary ever happening.
 
"To be perfectly honest, I'm pretty shocked.  It's hard to believe my next door neighbor who was a soldier would do something like that," said Noah Georges.
 
Georges said he too is a veteran and understands that there's still a lot of work to do to help soldiers who suffer from mental illness.
 
"A lot of soldiers don't have the benefit of knowing there someone they can talk to, of having that good support at home. We go overseas, we go to combat, we have to do things that we don't feel good about," said Georges.
 
He said he can't imagine what Lopez's family must be going through.
 
"If it was one of my buddies I would be wondering, did I do something wrong or miss a sign somewhere? Should I have seen more than I saw? Should I have urged him to get more help?" said Georges.
 
Fort Bliss officials said Fort Hood officials will conduct an investigation to see if there were any warning signs that were missed.
 
According to the Associated Press, of the 16 people injured in Wednesday's attack, doctors expect them all to survive their injuries.

Fort Hood Shooter recently left Fort Bliss
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