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Local Army veteran speaks out on Fort Hood shooting

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Wednesday's shooting at the Fort Hood is just the latest violent attack at a military base.

The Fort Hood shooter, Ivan Lopez, was being treated for an unstable mental condition before killing 3 and injuring 16 Wednesday, according to the commander.

One local Army veteran spoke with FOX19 about Wednesday's shooting.

Buck Clay says he's more concerned about a recurring theme of violence at these bases, and he thinks there's something that can be done to help prevent them.

"It's kind of disheartening to hear that this is still a plaguing tragedy," said Clay.

For the second time in five years, a random act of violence took innocent lives at the Fort Hood Military Base. In 2009, a similar incident claimed the lives of 13 individuals.

"I've been calling people to make sure that everybody is all right, people I know personally," said Clay.

Just last year, 12 people died in the second worst military installation shooting at a Navy yard in Washington DC. Clay is an Army vet and says he doesn't understand this trend.

"Why isn't security better armed? Why is this response time so poor on a military installation where you have guys who are trained to deal with people like this," said Clay.

The vast majority of these military base shootings over the years involved some sort of mental instability.

Ivan Lopez was reportedly treated for depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. Clay says one of the issues with the VA and the military is the treatment of some of these conditions.

"I'd rather see more healthy holistic treatment, I'd like to see more physical fitness, I'd like to see more types of therapy where people can express and understand what's going on with them instead of just, ‘oh you have this here's your pills walk away,'" said Clay.

Lopez never served in combat, but Clay says Lopez still could have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder because it's such a broad diagnosis.

"Maybe he did experience an incident that has recurrently haunted him that we are just not aware of," said Clay.

Often times there are no answers as to why people commit these senseless acts of violence because the shooters take their own lives. Clay says some soldiers question their level of trust now, because they don't know who's on their team all the time.

"It's a civilian setting, where this guy who's a farmer today is building a bomb tomorrow, and shooting at you on Tuesday. You don't know. You're just kind of on edge and you're kind of used to it, like this is part of the job," said Clay.

Along with the three people shot and killed, 16 people have been wounded in yesterdays shooting. Officials say all are expected to recover. Five have been released while three remain in critical condition.

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