No active shooter at Fort Hood, officials say; soldier who made threats in custody


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FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — U.S. Army officials at Fort Hood say there wasn’t an active shooter at the post Thursday morning, despite rumors circulating on social media.

“Rumors of an active shooter on Fort Hood are false; no shots were fired,” said Tom Rheinlander, director of public affairs at Fort Hood.

Rheinlander said an active duty soldier “made homicidal threats toward his leadership and is currently in custody by Fort Hood law enforcement officers.”

Rumors of an #activeshooter on #FortHood are false; no shots were fired. An active duty #Soldier made homicidal threats toward his leadership and is currently in the custody of Fort Hood law enforcement.#USArmy— Fort Hood (@forthood) September 17, 2020

The apparent false alarm caused Meadows Elementary School to go into lockdown around 10:35 a.m., but the Killeen Independent School District said in a tweet that they were told it was a false alarm and the kids were safe.

The school district said the lockdown was done “out of an abundance of caution.”

Meadows Elementary Safety Notice – FALSE ALARM
This morning, the campus administration of Meadows Elementary School received notification of a possible emergency situation on Post, not related to our campus. Read full statement in the image below:— KilleenISD (@KilleenISD_) September 17, 2020

Tweets about an active shooter were posted around 10:30 a.m., and multiple people said they were sheltering in place on the post.

KWKT in Waco reported that a malfunctioning alarm may have also contributed to the incident. That station’s reporting said the school district confirmed that with U.S. Army officials.

Previous violence at Fort Hood

In the past 11 years, there are have been two mass shooting at the post. The first happened in 2009 when 49-year-old Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire and killed 13 people while wounding 32 others.

In the KXAN investigative piece “A History of Mass Violence,” that shooting, along with one in 2014, were highlighted.

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