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
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
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
“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
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.