US Army says alleged shooter saw no combat in Iraq

Army Secretary John M. McHugh, left, accompanied by Army Chief of Staff Gen Raymond Odierno, pauses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, as they updated members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the deadly shooting rampage by a soldier yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas. An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Army Secretary John M. McHugh, left, accompanied by Army Chief of Staff Gen Raymond Odierno, pauses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, as they updated members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the deadly shooting rampage by a soldier yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas. An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army’s top civilian official says the soldier accused in the Fort Hood shooting this week was deployed for the final months of the Iraq war but did not see combat.Three people died and 16 were wounded before the shooter committed suicide.

Army Secretary John McHugh testified Thursday that the soldier appeared to have no connections to extremist groups.

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The soldier is identified by others as Ivan Lopez. He enlisted in the Army in June 2008 as an infantryman and later switched his specialty to truck driver, the job he had in Iraq.

McHugh says the soldier was examined by a psychiatrist last month and was found to show no violent or suicidal tendencies. He says the soldier had been prescribed Ambien to deal with a sleeping problem.

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