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4 Victims Remain Hospitalized After Ft. Hood Shooting

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    Four people remain hospitalized after a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood that ended when the gunman committed suicide. (Published Friday, Apr 4, 2014)

    Four people remain hospitalized after a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood Wednesday that ended when the gunman committed suicide.

    Officials with Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple on Friday said three patients are in fair condition while a fourth person is in good condition. The three patients in fair condition had their conditions upgraded Friday, but are still expected to remain in the hospital for several more days. The patient listed in good condition is expected to be discharged Friday.

    Authorities initially said just three seriously injured victims were still at the Central Texas hospital late Thursday. The information was later updated to indicate a person listed as discharged was still hospitalized but in good shape.

    Hospital officials had no information about patients being treated elsewhere, including at a base hospital. But because Scott & White is the area's only trauma center, the patients with the most serious injuries were probably taken there.

    Those wanting to help the post recover after this recent tragedy can donate to the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation at 254-287-8106 or 254-286-5346. The military group said gift cards and monetary gifts will meet the largest needs. Monetary donations can also be made to the Central Texas - Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army at 254-532-2493.

    Perry, Cruz to Visit Fort Hood

    Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz traveled Fort Hood Friday to visit with the victims of the shooting.

    Perry told a media gathering Friday that he saw the "resilience" of military families recovering from the mass shooting.

    He says there "aren't any easy answers" to what prompted Spc. Ivan Lopez to fire on fellow soldiers. Lopez killed three people before fatally shooting himself.

    Flags are flying at half-staff on Friday to honor the victims of the shooting.

    Profile of Shooter Emerges

    Wednesday's shooting spree has been blamed on Spc. Ivan Lopez, who turned his gun on himself after killing three people and wounding 16 others.

    Post officials said the Army truck driver from Puerto Rico underwent treatment for depression and anxiety and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, senior officer at the nation's largest Army base, said there was a "strong indication" that Lopez was involved in a verbal altercation shortly before the shooting, though it doesn't appear he targeted specific soldiers during the attack. But investigators also are focusing on his mental health.

    "We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates unstable psychiatric or psychological condition," Milley said. "We believe that to be a fundamental, underlying cause."

    Lopez bought the weapon he used in the attack at Guns Galore in Killeen -- the same store, just off the base, where Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan purchased an FN 5-7 tactical pistol that he used it to kill 13 people and wound more than 30 others in a November 2009 shooting on the base.

    NBC 5's Greg Janda and writers for the Associated Press contributed to this report.