The latest in the investigation into a Texas military base shooting

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:53pm

We're learning more about the soldier who opened fire at the Fort Hood military base in Texas Wednesday, before turning the gun on himself. The shooting left 3 others dead and 16 wounded,  Nick Valencia has the latest details on the investigation.

34 year-old Army Specialist Ivan Lopez was an Iraq war veteran who received treatment for depression and anxiety and was undergoing evaluation for post traumatic stress disorder.

Authorities say that Wednesday afternoon he took his own handgun onto the sprawling Fort Hood, Texas, military base, killed three people and wounded 16 others, before taking his own life.

What they don't yet know, is why.

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Ft. Hood Commanding General, "We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates unstable psychiatric or physiological condition we are going through all the records to make sure that is in fact correct. we believe that to be the fundamental underlying cause."

Officials say Lopez's wife has been cooperating with law enforcement as they try to piece together a motive.

This is not the first incident of it's kind at Fort Hood, in 2009 an Army psychiatrist went on a rampage that left 13 dead.

Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, "It is heartbreaking that something like this has happened again and we owe it to more of our men and women in uniform and also their families to see that justice is done to ensure that they are safe here at home."

At  Scott and White Memorial Hospital doctors are cautiously optimistic for nine casualties of Wednesday's shooting, Dr. Matthew Davis, Scott & White Memorial Hospital Trauma Director, "I would say that in terms of life threatening events right now I feel pretty good for our patients but we still have some time to go before I'm gonna declare them out completely of the woods."

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