Ft. Hood is one of largest military installations in the world, with a population of over 50,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian contractors on post. With this second mass shooting by Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, leaving four dead including himself, Ft. Hood has become a symbolic target for active shooters with a personal axe to grind.

In 2009 Army Psychiatrist Major Hasan, ideologically motivated, shot thirteen people dead before being shot and apprehended by base police.

Photo: Major Hasan

2011 saw an AWOL soldier, identified as Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, arrested in connection with his plot to “get even,” target Ft. Hood.