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Fort Hood Gunman Vented on Facebook About Iraq, Shooter Adam Lanza

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Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 11:29 AM

By Alexandra Ward

The Fort Hood gunman who killed three people and injured 16 others in a rampage last week vented on Facebook about his time serving in Iraq, Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, and the loss of his "spiritual peace."

Officials say Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, had a history of depression and anxiety and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder in the months leading up to his shooting spree Wednesday at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas, CNN reported. Lopez turned his .45-caliber handgun on himself before police could capture him.

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The investigation into Lopez's motivation for the shooting led police to his Facebook page, which was listed under "Ivan Slipknot," seemingly a reference to the popular metal band. A family spokesperson confirmed to CNN that the profile belonged to Lopez.

In early March, around the time police say he purchased the .45, Lopez took to the social media site to vent about being robbed.

"My spiritual peace has just gone. Full of hate," he wrote. "Now I think I'll be damned. Last night I was robbed and I'm pretty sure there were 2 skinny ones. Green light and thumb down. That easy."

Lopez wrote at length about Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old Sandy Hook shooter who massacred 20 schoolchildren and six staffers at the Connecticut elementary school before killing himself in December 2012. He also fatally shot his mother, Nancy, before storming the school.

The Fort Hood gunman wrote that Lanza "pretends to be a victim of a mental illness followed by addiction to violent video games" and that he sought "international attention" and a "minute of fame as a villain."

"It is stupid to me that anyone can have easy access to a powerful weapon without being mentally evaluated," Lopez continued. "This makes the government indirect accomplice ... These bastards have perfected their way of attacking studying previous massacres to gain publicity and their minute of fame as a villain. But thanks to Hollywood and the sensational profiling by the media [they] give more power to those intelligent cowards."

Military officials told CNN that Lopez enlisted in 2008 and served two tours of duty abroad, which included four months in Iraq in 2011. This was another frequent topic on his Facebook page.

"Celebrating life. It has been exactly 1 year and 2 days since left Iraq seeing in Fallujah the most brutal explosion," Lopez wrote in one post. "I was left paralyzed and started a discussion over the radio ... I was only focused on breathing deeply so that I don't lose focus and continue the mission. [Those] were hours of agony waiting for an attack by the insurgency but we were able to exit Fallujah all alive. I was in vehicle #6. The worst was that #5 was a diesel truck, the perfect target. And I was only thinking about getting back with my family."

Officials noted that Lopez did not serve in direct combat, so it's not clear what situation he was referring to in his Facebook musings.

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