Army Secretary John McHugh said the shooter had a “clean record” and there were no indications he was at risk for violent behavior.
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The soldier who killed four and wounded 16 at the Fort Hood military base had been seen by an Army psychiatrist last month and was being treated for depression, Army leaders said Thursday.
“He was seen just last month by a psychiatrist. He was fully examined. As of this morning, we had no indication on the record with that examination that there was any sign of likely violence either to himself or to others, or any suicidal ideation,” said McHugh at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday morning.
“So the plan forward was to just continue to monitor and treat him as deemed appropriate,” he said.
McHugh told lawmakers the suspect was undergoing “a variety of treatment and diagnoses for mental health conditions ranging from depression and anxiety to some sleep disturbance.”