Fort Hood gunman vented on Facebook about Sandy Hook school shooting

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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 8:03am

We're learning more about the soldier who opened fire at Fort Hood last week, killing three people and wounding 16 before taking his own life. Investigators still don't know what drove him to do it, but Ed Lavandera has been looking into the events that led up to the shooting.

Specialist Ivan Lopez took to Facebook to vent about a range of subjects.

In early March, around the time he purchased the .45 caliber handgun he eventually used in the attack

He posted "My spiritual peace has just gone" and wrote that he was "Full of hate" after allegedly being robbed.

Perhaps the most chilling is what the Iraq war veteran posted about Adam Lanza, the 20 year-old gunman of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, "It is stupid to me, he wrote, that anyone can have easy access to a powerful weapon without being mentally evaluated."

Mary Ellen O'Toole, Forensic Behavioral Consultant, "Most of these mass shootings you have individuals who are very multidimensional. They have mental health issues but they're not debilitated by them. They can actually function."

Fort Hood officials say Lopez was being treated for mental health issues including depression, anxiety and possibly PTSD.

Doctors prescribed the 34 year-old Ambien and antidepressants.

John McHugh, Army Secretary, "He was seen just last month by a psychiatrist. We had no indication on the record of that examination that there was any sign of likely violence."

The most significant clue may be what transpired moments before Lopez opened fire.

That afternoon, he stopped by the post's Human Resources Office to request a temporary leave form.

Jonathan Westbrook, was  a soldier manning the office. His father says that Lopez was told he'd have to come back later, Lopez snapped.

Coming back and opening fire, shooting Westbrook four times, Theodis Westbrook, "The first guy he shot right in front of my son was killed and then he turned the gun towards Jonathan aimed it and fired."

Member of  the Fort Hood community turned out Sunday for a prayer service, honoring the victims.

Both the president and first lady will attend a memorial there on Wednesday.

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