April 5 - Three male soldiers in their 30s, including one being hailed a hero for saving lives while holding shut a heavy door, a newly wed and one who was set to retire from the Army later in the year, were killed when a gunman opened fire at Texas’ Fort Hood Army base. Jillian Kitchener reports.
A shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army base left four dead and 16 injured. The second mass shooting at the base in five years. Details on the shooter's three victims have emerged. 39-year-old Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson is being described as a hero for shielding others from the gunfire. Fiancée and fellow soldier Kristen Haley explains: (SOUNDBITE) (AUDIO) FERGUSON'S FIANCEE, KRISTEN HALEY, SAYING: "Those doors are like... seems like they would be bullet proof but apparently not. And if he was not being the one against that door holding it, that shooter would have been able to get through and shoot everyone else." He's described as a dedicated serviceman, who had been deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. (SOUNDBITE) (AUDIO) FERGUSON'S FIANCEE, KRISTEN HALEY, SAYING: "I know that he did have a pleasure of serving. Like, this was his life and he was so proud to be a part of such a great service." Army Sergeant Timothy Owens, a 37-year-old newly wed from Illinois, was shot in the chest at close range. The third victim, 38-year-old Staff Sergeant Carlos Lazaney Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, is described by friends as having infectious energy: (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRIEND TONY MEINERO, SAYING: "Always a joke and a smile, you know. He could always make you feel real good about yourself even if you were having a terrible day. If you're down in the dumps he would just smile and say something to pick you up. And his laugh - he had a real lust for life. A real vibrant guy." The tragedy was marked in the nation's capital. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OBAMA, SAYING: "To see unspeakable, senseless violence happen, in a place where they're supposed to feel safe - home base - is tragic." The Fort Hood rampage, along with a series of shootings in public places, has intensified a national debate over gun violence.