One person was shot and killed in an Army medical facility in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday afternoon, and the alleged shooter is dead, Army officials said last night.
The shooting at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Clinic was reported about 3:10 p.m., Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty, commanding general of Fort Bliss, said at a news conference. "All other VA patients and staff are safe," Twitty said. "Everything is under control and there is no immediate threat to Fort Bliss or the local community."
Officials offered condolences but took no questions from reporters. They did not say whether the gunman killed himself and provided no details on the victim or the gunman and no possible motive.
Earlier in the evening, the office of Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) confirmed that a doctor had been shot.
The FBI is investigating the shooting, and the agency's Doug Lindquist said they have hundreds of witnesses that they need to interview. "They were here seeking medical assistance," he said.
The William Beaumont Army Medical Center, which is adjacent to the El Paso VA main health care facility, was placed on lockdown late Tuesday afternoon after reports of an active shooter situation. Streets surrounding the complex were blocked off and helicopters flew above, the El Paso Times reported. For hours, people within the facility tweeted photos to local reporters, writing that they were still under lock down.
Twitty said the VA "immediately enacted their response plan for all persons to shelter in place." The FBI's Lindquist said, "We've been preparing, in the event, to respond to something like this, and unfortunately we had to today."
The clinic will be closed today, and veterans will have their appointments rescheduled.
The VA clinic came under scrutiny last year after a federal audit showed it had some of the nation's longest wait times for veterans' trying to see a doctor for the first time. A survey of hundreds of West Texas veterans last year found that they waited an average of more than two months to see a Veterans Affairs mental health professional and even longer to see a physician. With AP