Three Critically Injured at Fort Hood Are Upgraded

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The three people critically wounded in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, including one who may have a spinal injury, were upgraded to serious condition Thursday and were expected to survive, hospital officials said.

They were the only patients from Wednesday's shootings remaining at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. Six others with lesser injuries were released Thursday.

Dr. Matthew Davis, the hospital's trauma director, told reporters: "We do not expect any more fatalities at this point."

All nine patients are service members, ranging in age from the early 20s to the mid-40s, Davis said.

Doctors at the hospital have described injuries to patients’ arms, legs, abdomens and chests.

In all, three people were killed and 16 others were injured when a gunman, identified by authorities as Spc. Ivan Lopez, opened fire Wednesday at the base. The seven other injured were treated at a Fort Hood hospital, where four were released Thursday.

Lopez shot himself to death, authorities said.

Dr. Alexander Thompson, the hospital’s psychiatry chairman, said it would take time to assess the patients’ “complex emotional response” to the shooting. Many have had combat experience, he said.

“It’s a critical issue that we have to address and address early,” he said. “But only when somebody is well enough and physically comfortable enough to do that.”

— Erin McClam and M. Alex Johnson