ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Peters man is still stunned days after learning his friend and fellow soldier, Ivan Lopez, is being blamed for a deadly shooting at Fort Hood. On Friday, investigators said Lopez got into an argument with soldiers in his unit hours before the shooting. Also, that his mental condition was not the direct precipitating factor in the attack.
During this attack, Lopez killed three soldiers and injured 16 others before taking his own life.
It’s hard for 28 year-old Luke Huelskamp to grasp that this is the same Lopez that was texting him less than 24 hours earlier. Now, he’s struggling to come to grips, not only with the fact that his friend is gone, but what he did.
Huelskamp joined the Army in 2009. He and Lopez became friends about two years later, at Fort Polk in Louisiana. Huelskamp says, “That’s where we really got close. He slept one bunk over.”