FORT HOOD, TX – What motivated Ivan Lopez to set off on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood?
That’s the burning question investigators are trying to answer.
Word from top military brass is that Lopez may have argued with a fellow soldier or soldiers just minutes before the shooting.
Then, there’s his mental state.
Lopez was undergoing treatments for depression, anxiety and PTSD; doctors prescribing him anti-depressants and the powerful sleep drug, Ambien.
Those who knew him say Lopez was an ‘extraordinary human being’ with ‘lots of values.’
But obviously, something triggered Lopez to stalk from building to building, killing three innocent people – Army Sergeant Timothy Owens, Sergeant First Class Danny Ferguson and Carlos Lazaney.
16 others were injured, but will survive.
His destruction, while terrifying, could have been much worse, had it not been for one female MP.
Due to the ongoing investigation, officials at Fort Hood are not yet releasing her name, but what we can tell you is that this woman’s actions are the definition of bravery.
The base commander says she arrived in the parking lot just four minutes after the first 9-1-1 call.
That’s where she came face-to-face with a killer.
Lopez put his hands up, then reached under his jacket and pulled out his gun.
“At which time she saw that, interpreted that as a threat, correctly so, and then engaged him with small-arms fire. At which time then the shooter did a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley.
“Most police officers probably would have stepped back and waited for backup, but she stepped forward,” said Phillip Carter, a former MP Captain at Fort Hood.
Carter believes the mystery woman is a junior enlisted person patrolling by herself, with not much experience under her belt.
“You’re in that sort of life-and-death situation, and you’re making the right call in a matter of seconds. It’s incredible that she did what she did,” said Carter.
It was also a woman who helped bring down Nidal Hassan in 2009.
Kimberly Munley, a civilian police officer, was wounded in the attack.