By Tom Watkins, Ben Brumfield and Josh Rubin
A day after a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded, a profile emerged Thursday of the killer as an experienced soldier who was grappling with mental illness, but no answers were forthcoming as to a possible motive.
The incident began Wednesday at 4 p.m., when Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, went from one building at the sprawling Texas military base to a second, firing his .45-caliber handgun.
Lopez then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, ending his life.
Investigators have downplayed the possibility that terrorism may have been involved, but said they were keeping open minds.FULL STORY
By CNN Staff
A military jury was finalized on Tuesday in the murder trial of Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
Three jurors were added to the court-martial panel to complete the selection phase, according to a military statement.
The court-martial panel is comprised of 13 senior Army officers, including nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels and one major.
Two members of the panel are women and the highest ranking officer is a female colonel and therefore leads the group, the statement said.
By Larry Shaughnessy
The judge hearing the court-martial of Ft. Hood massacre suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan has ordered a medical evaluation to determine if the Army psychiatrist is physically fit to act as his own attorney.
Col. Tara Osborn noted at a hearing on Wednesday that a prior examination determined Hasan was mentally capable of conducting his own defense in his murder case stemming from the November 2009 shooting spree at the Texas military base.
But she ordered a doctor to administer an exam to see if he can hold up physically if he were to represent himself, according to a statement.
Hasan was shot and paralyzed from the chest down on the day of the massacre in which he is accused of killing 13 people.