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Investigation of Fort Hood shooting continues

   
There are still few clues as to why a 34 year old Iraq War Veteran killed 3 and wounded 16 others at the Fort Hood military base Wednesday, before turning the gun on himself.

Karin Caifa has the latest on the investigation, from Washington.

A search of the home of Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez has yielded few clues as to why he opened fire at the military base Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators are digging deep, into the Iraq War Veteran's past, and his combat experience.

Fort Hood's commander said Friday afternoon that Lopez's reported psychological issues were not a direct cause.

We believe that the immediate precipitating factor was more likely an escalating argument in his unit area, but we are still conducting that detailed investigation.

As the search for answers continues, so does the grief. Among visitors to the Fort Hood community Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry.

There aren't any easy answers to what occurred here. And there's no way to wish away the suffering that is occurring.

A memorial service will be held on the base next Wednesday, for the three men killed.

Sergeant Carlos Lazaney Rodriguez, age 38, was a 20 year Army Veteran.

Sergeant Danny Ferguson, a 39 year old Florida native, who just returned from Afghanistan.

And Sergeant Timothy Owens, a 37 year old Iraq and Kuwait Veteran, from Illinois.

In a family statement issued Friday afternoon, the father of Ivan Lopez said - quote - "this situation is very painful. I seek prayers for all the families affected, more so when there is an ongoing investigation. My son must have not been in his right mind."

Lopez had been treated for depression and anxiety, and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

And one of the victims killed that day was from Florida.

Sergeant First Class Danny Ferguson was a 1993 graduate of Mulberry High School, in a small town between Orlando and Tampa.

Ferguson is being remembered as a hero, sacrificing his life to protect a room full of others, using his own body as a barricade in front of a door to keep the gunman out.

His fiancee Kristen Haley was nearby when the gunfire erupted.
"He held that door shut because there's no locks. If he was not being the one against that door holding it, that shooter would have been able to get through and shoot everyone else."

A talented athlete, friends say he was destined for greatness.
Ferguson had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

His fiancee says he died doing what he loved, serving his country.