Local Fort Hood Family Reacts to Latest Shooting

Created: 04/03/2014 6:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Not even five years after 13 people were killed, another mass shooting at the Fort Hood Military Base in Texas. This time, four people were killed and more than a dozen were hurt. We spoke to the wife of a local man who survived after being shot at Fort Hood during the first shooting back in 2009. She shares how they're handling the latest news.

"When the breaking news came across we immediately started getting calls and texts from people at Fort Hood," said Jessica Zeigler.

All of those gut-wrenching emotions came rushing back for Jessica. Her husband Patrick was shot at Fort Hood the first time it was attacked by a shooter less than 5 years ago leaving his left side paralyzed.

"Patrick obviously wasn't conscious that day so he didn’t' see that initial news coverage, but for me it was just instant flashback to what that day felt like," said Jessica.

Though response was quick Wednesday, more than a dozen people were shot before the lone-gunman, identified as specialist Ivan Lopez, shot himself.

"Within 15 minutes first responders with military police and emergency services responded to the scene," said Lt. General Mark Milley.

"A list of the wounded and killed hasn't been released but, as far as we can tell, we've been in touch with most of the people we know, who said they're ok," said Jessica.

Though officials are still investigating a motive, they say Sgt. Lopez was dealing with mental health issues. Still, many want to know how and why did this happen again at a place where military members should feel safe,

"When they're at their home base, they need to feel safe," said President Barak Obama at a press conference on the matter.

Despite the latest massacre, Jessica still feels Fort Hood is safer than ever.

"I truly feel like they’re isolated instances and unfortunately lighting struck the same base twice," said Jessica.

She says she and Patrick plan to go out to Fort Hood when things calm down a bit, in hopes to help other families who are dealing with injuries or loss like they have.

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