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Fort Bliss officials, soldiers react to Fort Hood shooting

By: Gina Benitez
FORT BLISS, Texas -- Fort Bliss officials and soldiers reacted to the shooting that left three dead and more than a dozen injured at Fort Hood.

Just a day after a lone gunman opened fire on Fort Hood, killing three people and injuring 13 before turning the gun on himself, Fort Bliss is feeling it.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters said whenever something like this happens on one post, the entire Army feels it.

Flags are at half-staff across the post to honor the victims of the tragedy.

"Even though it happened so far away at Fort Hood, it definitely has a ripple effect across the Army," said Sgt. Robert Patterson, a Fort Bliss soldier.

"I just felt shocked. Unfortunately it happened again at that base and there's a heartfelt prayer out to the victims," said Capt. Brian Burns, another Fort Bliss soldier.

When something like Wednesday's horrific shooting happens, Peters said on Fort Bliss they increase patrols in high visibility areas and places where there are a lot of people -- like Freedoms Crossing.

Peters said they have highly trained personnel, and annual and quarterly drills conducted to prepare for those scenarios.

Also, should soldiers find themselves in a situation where they may want to hurt others or themselves, there are many avenues they can take.

"You can basically self-refer, which you kind of go seek help yourself or you could be chain of command referred, and soldiers can seek help from their chaplain, through their chain of command, through medical providers," Peters said.

"There's definitely a lot of things that are in place within units that allow soldiers to seek help," said Patterson.

Despite the horrific tragedy at Fort Hood, soldiers and civilians KFOX14 spoke with Thursday on Fort Bliss said they feel safe on post.