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Fort Bliss Shooting Suspect Kills Doctor, Then Self: Report

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jan 2015 11:10 AM

A Fort Bliss shooting at an El Paso veterans clinic left a doctor and the gunman dead Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The shooting occurred inside the El Paso VA Health Care System building, one of the clinics that had been under scrutiny after reports of long wait times, the El Paso Times reported.

Details are scant, but authorities told the Times that a shooter entered the facility around 3 p.m. and opened fire on a doctor, and then reportedly shot and killed himself.

"The alleged shooter is dead and we have one casualty and that casualty is deceased," Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, commanding general of Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division, said at a news conference Tuesday.

"I want to thank El Paso and federal law enforcement agencies for their quick response in securing the clinic and also assisting our military personnel in clearing the clinic," Twitty added.

The shooting remains under investigation and authorities have declined to release the names of the dead or any additional details.

El Paso Independent School District locked down athletics and after-school activities at Bassett Middle School and Travis Elementary as a precaution Tuesday but that lockdown was lifted later in the day, according to KFOX-TV.

An FBI spokesperson told KFOX-TV that the agency is leading the investigation into the shooting and were interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene. Douglas Lindquist, FBI El Paso division special agent, told the El Paso Times that he had started talking to workers in the clinic on Tuesday.

"I also want to stress that we have hundreds of potential witnesses," Lindquist told reporters in a news conference. "Those people were here seeking medical assistance. We understand what this situation represents to them. We are trying to expeditiously get through those hundreds of witnesses to find out details about this incident."

National Public Radio reported that the El Paso VA Health Care System was one of numerous clinics around the country under investigation after veterans complained of long wait times and difficulty getting appointments.

An audit of the clinic in June found that 331 veterans in El Paso had been waiting at least 90 days for their first VA appointment while mental health patients had a 16-day wait before being seen by healthcare workers.

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