Update: El Paso VA Health Care System shooter, victim dead; Hundreds of potential witnesses, officials say
EL PASO, Texas - A doctor was shot and another person was found dead at the El Paso VA Health Care System on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson from the office of U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso.
Spokesperson John Meza said they believe the person who was found dead may be the shooter and may have committed suicide, but they have not confirmed that information.
At a press conference Tuesday evening, Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty confirmed the shooter was killed along with one victim. Fort Bliss did not confirm the identity of the victim.
As previously reported, El Paso police were assisting Fort Bliss with reports of an active shooter at the VA clinic adjacent to William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
The incident was reported at 3:10 p.m., Twitty said. Fort Bliss Military Police, the El Paso Police Department and federal law enforcement officers immediately responded as the VA carried out its response plan.
No other injuries were reported, and there is no immediate threat to the community, Twitty said.
The FBI will take the lead on the investigation; a spokesperson said there are hundreds of potential witnesses, and it will take time to process the crime scene.
El Paso Independent School District officials said Bassett Middle School and Travis Elementary were placed on lockdown for athletics and after-school activities as a precaution, but that lockdown has been lifted.
The El Paso VA Health Care clinic with William Beaumont Army Medical Center will be closed Wednesday. Veterans with appointments will be contacted to reschedule appointments. The Eastside and Las Cruces CBOCs will remain open.
Watch full press conference here: http://bit.ly/1FkyCnz