Governor Pence releases statement on tragedy at Fort Hood

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, file photo, an entrance is shown to Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence released a statement on the shooting at Fort Hood Wednesday.

Officials say a soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide.

“As we come together to acknowledge the good work all of you are doing in supporting our veterans and National Guard members, we are burdened by the tragedy that took place yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas.  Hoosiers across our state mourn the loss of life and injury at Fort Hood and stand with grateful hearts with those who serve at home and abroad,” Pence said at the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Employer Awards Lunch in Indianapolis Thursday.

24-Hour News 8’s news gathering partner the Republic reports two Indiana families had a connection at Fort Hood. E4 Specialist Zach Sylvia and his wife Ashley kept in touch throughout Wednesday night’s incident through social media. Zach’s family lives in North Vernon and Ashley’s family lives in Columbus. The couple has a 21-month old daughter. The family was safely reunited after the incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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