Three military members remained hospitalized in critical condition early Thursday after they were wounded in the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, officials said.
Six others were also in hospital, where their condition was still "serious but stable,” at 6 a.m. ET, according to a spokesman for the Scott & White Memorial Hospital in nearby Temple, Texas.
The nine patients – eight men and one woman – were the most seriously wounded of the 16 who suffered injuries in Wednesday afternoon’s killing spree at the base.
The seven other wounded were treated at the base's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.
Doctors at the Scott & White Memorial Hospital earlier described gunshot wounds to patients’ arms, legs, abdomens, chests and necks.
The commander of the base asked for prayers for the wounded and for the families of “the fallen.”
Three people were killed when the shooter opened fire in one building at the base, got into a vehicle, continued shooting and then opened fire in another building before being confronted by a female military police officer and shooting himself dead.
“Our focus now is family of injured and killed to provide best counseling,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood's commanding officer, told reporters late Wednesday.
“We ask for all your thoughts and prayers for fallen and wounded in this particular case.”