A defense official said there is an “active shooter” on the Army post and there have been “some casualties.”
A Twitter account for the fort announced “shelter in place” has been ordered for all personnel. The post released a statement saying injuries have been reported, but no further details were available.
Sgt. Maj. Nicholas Connor, a spokesman for Fort Hood, told ABC News that authorities were searching for the shooter and would lift the “shelter in place” order as soon as they believed it was safe.
Scott and White Hospital in nearby Temple, Texas, said it has activated its internal incident management system and “is receiving patients” related to the shooting.
President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have been informed of the shooting, according to their spokespeople.
“Unfortunately, this is something that we here at Fort Hood have experience with and this is something that is conjuring up a lot of memories of the past,” Connor said. “We’re just hoping we can get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.”
Fort Hood, in Killeen, Texas, was the site of a mass shooting in 2009, when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people.