04/04/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Fort Hood, Texas – A gun store located near Fort Hood has been inadvertently linked to two mass shootings at the military base in Texas. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), guns purchased at Guns Galore were used in the shootings by Nidal Hasan in 2009 and the recent tragedy carried out by Spc. Ivan Lopez on April 2 at the largest Army post in the country.
Lopez, 34, opened fire using a .45-caliber pistol bought at Guns Galore. The shooting resulted in the deaths of three people. Sixteen others were wounded. He reportedly made the purchase a month prior to the incident.
Lopez, who had been evaluated and treated for mental health issues prior to the attack, shot himself after police confronted him after the shootings.
Greg Ebert, a longtime Guns Galore salesman, is quoted by the AP as stating of the referenced connection, “We had nothing to do with what happened out here… If you want to blame somebody, go to the FBI and to the government at Fort Hood, and ask them why someone who was being psychologically evaluated wasn’t flagged.”
The sale of guns to individuals who have been committed involuntarily to mental health institutions or ruled a danger to themselves or others by courts is prohibited by federal law.
This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Texas Legal News
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