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Tragedy at Fort Hood hits too close to home for Roy family

ROY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Wednesday’s tragedy at Fort Hood is hitting close to home for some Utah families. Before the news broke Garth Scott of Roy got a terrifying text. “My daughter texted me and said ‘the base has been shut down. There’s a shooter loose on the base,’” explained Scott.
“My daughter texted me and said ‘the base has been shut down. There’s a shooter loose on the base,’” explained Garth Scott.

ROY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Wednesday’s tragedy at Fort Hood is hitting close to home for some Utah families.

Before the news broke Garth Scott of Roy got a terrifying text.

“My daughter texted me and said ‘the base has been shut down. There’s a shooter loose on the base,’” explained Scott.

Scott’s son-in-law, Shane Bohns, is stationed at Fort Hood.

Scott said, “She said ‘he’s two blocks away so he’s not right in the middle of anything right now, but we don’t know which way anything is going,’”

Once Scott got confirmation that Shane was okay his fear turned into anger.

“Then I thought, oh my God. He’s going to come home and get shot by some idiot on the base? That really worried me and got me really worked up,” said Scott.

That’s because Shane has survived four tours of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He was also the sole survivor of an IED attack on his unit.

Scott told ABC 4 Utah, “He had an IED go off under his truck and there was eight people got killed in that truck and he was the only one who survived…he walked away without a scratch on him and then to come home and go on base and all the sudden some nut is running around and shooting other soldiers, or other people, I just…it drove me nuts.”

Scott, a veteran himself, and a former anti-terrorism specialist at Hill Air Force Base, says he understands how a tragedy like this could happen again. The Fort Hood attack in 2009, by a U.S. Army Major, ended with 13 people dead and more than 30 others wounded. Scott says no matter what precautions have been taken in the last five years, it’s impossible to predict and prevent all types of attacks.

“No matter how many procedures you update it doesn’t matter if some guy that goes nuts, there’s no way of predicting this,” said Scott.

At the time of this report Fort Hood officials confirmed that a soldier assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command fired shots at individuals in the 1st Medical Brigade area of Fort Hood.

Medical officials confirmed four are dead including the shooter, and 16 were injured. The suspect died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An investigation by law enforcement is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.

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