Military security questioned after Fort Hood shooting
(WJLA) - As sirens blared and news of the shooting spread through Killeen, this wife of a Fort Hood soldier waited anxiously to hear from her husband.
Families who live on the base were held at this emergency shelter until lockdown was lifted – but for many, this second Fort Hood shooting makes it hard to go home.
"Living on post, it's supposed to be safe, and that just makes me feel like it's not safe for me and my family,” said Amber Marlow, who lives with her family on the military base.
On Thursday, with tightened security on the base, military officials asked what more can be done. Experts say it’s simply unrealistic to search the tens of thousands of cars and people that enter Fort Hood every day. And with this shooting following the shooting in D.C. at Navy Yard, many again are saying that better mental health evaluations are needed.
Former Senior FBI agent Brad Garrett agrees, but says the focus can’t simply be on mental illness, but who may be prone to violence – and he acknowledges that this isn’t always easy.
“Specialist Lopez fits the profile...he was fairly good at camouflaging his true feelings; you really have to be good at digging through that and pulling out what may be underneath," said Garrett.
Washington attorney Allen Lowe represented a victim of the Navy Yard shooting, and says military bases need both improved psychiatric treatment and enhances security:
"Having more armed personnel may not prevent, but certainly can limit the extended damage."