Ivan Lopez (Ivan Slipknot on Facebook) grew up in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, 88 miles south of San Juan. His mother died about five months ago from a massive heart attack. Reports say that he was not allowed to attend his mother’s funeral, but that report is mixed, as you’ll see below. An unnamed friend who attended elementary school and college with Lopez, is quoted saying he talked to Lopez two days ago, he was “happy, joking” “But it seems that he had had an argument with someone back at the base.” Another report added to the friend’s comment “Seems that he had been robbed or something.” More about the robbery below. Robbery, or possibly a superior who would not let him spend as much time as he wanted in Puerto Rico while his mother was dying, might have have triggered these deaths and woundings? She died of a “massive heart attack,” which generally means you die immediately, but perhaps she lingered. We know all the dead and wounded are members of the military but we do not know rank or any relationship to Lopez. Speaking of rank, under normal circumstances, Lopez should have progressed faster according to the chart below.
Arlequin [mayor of Guayanilla and a “personal friend”] said that the death of his mother five months ago, and the death of his grandfather a few weeks before that, affected him deeply. He noted that, initially, Lopez was not allowed to travel to Puerto Rico to attend his mother’s funeral and eventually the Army gave him 24 hours to attend. He arrived on the island five days after her death.
Fox News’ Rick Levanthal, said General Mark Milley addressed a motive, saying (paraphrasing) he ‘believes there is strong evidence that medical history explains why he opened fire. May have been in a verbal altercation with another soldier or other soldiers and that immediately preceded Lopez firing a weapon that was illegally on the base. Some reports indicate that he opened fire inside a building, ran outside and at some point was in his car, still firing. It took 15 minutes before first responders (military police arrived). As I said yesterday, you can kill a lot of people in 15 minutes.
Investigators believe the shooter walked into a building in a medical area, opened fire, entered another building and shot again, Milley said.
After his rampage, Lopez killed himself in a parking lot at the base transportation brigade’s administration building, after he was confronted by a military policewoman.
“It was clearly heroic, what she did at that moment in time,” Milley said. “She did her job, and she did exactly what we would expect of United States Army military police.”
At least three military personnel remain in critical condition after the rampage, the Dallas Morning News reported. Source: New York Post
His Facebook pages has been taken down but many sites have captured photos. Fox Latino News reports this:
Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez posted a chilling Facebook status just weeks before his deadly rampage in which he said the “devil” had taken him and that he was “full of hatred,” Fox News Latino has learned.
The post dated March 1 alluded to the Army specialist’s roiling anger over his belief he had been robbed.
“I have just lost my inner peace, full of hatred, I think this time the devil will take me,” Spc. Ivan Lopez posted on his Facebook page.
“I was robbed last night and I am sure it was 2 “flacos” (guys). Green light and finger ready. As easy as that.” Source
I wonder if he reported a robbery to police and if buying the gun (at the same shop Nidal Hasan purchased the weapon he used to kill 13 and wounded 30) had anything to do with the robbery? If so, taking the weapon base may mean he thought someone on base robbed him. All speculations — thinking out-loud.
Other reported Facebook postings:
“Keep calm and no jodas” — or “don’t f— around” — was the cover photo for the page kept under the name “Ivan Slipknot.”
Another Facebook photo carried this message in Spanish: “The people shouldn’t fear the government — the government should fear the people.” Source: New York Daily News
His wife is Puerto Rican and lived with Ivan off-base. They had at least two children living with them, but Levanthal said there are some unconfirmed reports that he has one or two children in Puerto Rico. He also had relatives living near Ft. Hood. His home has been search, and nothing found according to this site.
Lopez posted a lot of personal photographs on his Facebook page, according to what I’m see attributed to that page.
Ivan Lopez spent nine years in the Puerto Rico national guard, then joined the U.S. Army in 2008. Being generous, if he joined on December 31, 2008, he has been in for 5 years and three months. After four years, there are questions that his rank had reached only E-4. If I understand the following, under normal circumstance, Lopez would have been on his way to E-5 after 3-1/2 years.
Private (E-2) – 6 months
Private First Class (E-3) – 1 year
Specialist/Corporal (E-4) – 18 months
Sergeant (E-5) – 4.2 years
Staff Sergeant (E-6) – 8.5 years
Sergeant First Class (E-7) – 13.6 years
Master Sergeant/First Sergeant (E-8) – 17 years
Sergeant Major (E-9) – 20.8 years
He came to Ft. Hood from Ft. Bliss at El Paso, Texas just a couple of months ago. He was a truck driver at both posts.
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