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Campbell graduate wounded in Fort Hood shooting

Posted April 4, 2014

— A 2013 graduate of Campbell University was among the 16 people wounded in Wednesday's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

Second Lt. John Arroyo suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and is recuperating after undergoing surgery, Campbell officials said.

Three people who were critically injured in the attack improved to fair condition Friday at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. A fourth victim was expected to be released later in the day. At the military's request, the hospital said, it would not make the wounded or their families available for media interviews.

Fort Hood was Arroyo's first assignment after his May 2013 graduation from Campbell, where he was cadet battalion commander in the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Gloria Rendon, student services manager at Campbell, said Arroyo is a husband, a father of two and "a man of God."

"When it involves somebody that you know and have been fond of for a long time, somebody you care about, somebody in our academic community, it's scary. It's real. It makes the trauma real," she said.

The investigation at Fort Hood turned to focus on an argument between gunman Spc. Ivan Lopez had with soldiers in his unit Wednesday's attacks.

The base's commander, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said that an "escalating argument" precipitated the assault.

Wednesday's attack was the second at the base since 2009, when 13 people were killed by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who had said he was angry about being deployed to Afghanistan.

Lopez, an Army truck driver, did a short stint in Iraq in 2011 and told medical personnel he had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The 34-year-old was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety while being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, base officials said.

But officials said Lopez did not see any combat in Iraq, and had not previously demonstrated a risk of violence.

He seemed to have a clean record that showed no ties to potential terrorists, though military officials said the investigation was ongoing.


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  • jrctbc1987 Apr 4, 2014

    John is my son's Army brother from college. Prayers to all the families effected and prayers to his brotherhood as they try to find sense of their loses and the wounded.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 4, 2014

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    I have no problem with that. The soldier probably has loved ones and acquaintances here. Why shouldn't he be mentioned here then?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 4, 2014

    Prayers for him and his wounded comrades.
    Prayers also for the loved ones of those killed.
    This will keep happening until the VA/VAMC start working faster and more earnestly on those who say they have or who have exhibited mental issues.
    As it is now with the VA/VAMC, the burden of proof for any medical need, including mental medical needs, is on the patient, with the VA/VAMC more often than not putting long delays and even road blocks in the way of getting them help, and that's wrong!!!
    One of our friends, a Desert Storm Veteran even had copies of his medical records and SRB in his possession that showed a PTSD and severe arm/shoulder nerve damage diagnosis from military doctors BEFORE his Honorable Discharge, and the VAMC in Winston-Salem, STILL required multiple trips and delayed him for over a year before helping him.
    I find that a disgusting way to treat our Veterans, and am not afraid to say this seems to be normal VA SOP rather than an isolated incident.

  • ggallagher5 Apr 4, 2014

    Get well soon, keep smiling. We are thinking of you and a successful recovery John!

  • PosterRoaster Apr 4, 2014

    We were in the same graduating class at Campbell last year. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • zhentarium Apr 4, 2014

    It is amazing how WRAL can find a way to make any story about North Carolina.

  • Dee Sides Apr 4, 2014
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    Prayers for this hero.

  • billybob72 Apr 4, 2014

    From one Campbell alumnus to another, best wishes for a speedy recovery and thank you for your service.