One person killed when gunman opened fire at VA hospital in Texas
EL PASO, Texas — One person was killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire at the El Paso VA Health Care System in Texas, Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty told reporters. “The alleged shooter is dead, and we have one causality. That causality is deceased. All other VA patients and staff are safe,” he said.
John Meza, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who represents El Paso, earlier said a doctor was shot and that the gunman then took his own life.
A Pentagon official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, similarly said that a doctor was shot by a gunman, who later died from a self-inflicted wound.
The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear. The VA facility will be closed Wednesday.
A spokesman for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, which is adjacent to the VA facility, had said earlier the area was on lockdown.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs is deeply saddened by the tragic situation that has occurred in El Paso, and we are actively working with our partners at Fort Bliss to investigate this matter,” the department said in a statement.
“We will continue to cooperate fully with military and civilian authorities at Beaumont Army Medical Center. The safety and continued care of our Veterans and the staff will be our focus throughout this situation,” it read.AlertMe