September 20th, 2010
07:36 PM ET

1 dead, 2 wounded in Fort Bliss shooting

The FBI is on its way to Fort Bliss in west Texas to investigate a shooting at a convenience store on the base that left a man dead  and two women wounded, according to base spokesman Dieter Jester.

The man, who authorities say shot the females, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers on the base.

It's unclear what may have been the motive for the shooting or even if
the man or his victims are in the military or are civilians.

The police officers who killed the alleged gunman responded within three to four minutes because their offices are very near the base shopping area.

Fort Bliss is close to the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, but straddles the Texas-New Mexico border. Most of the base is located in New Mexico, but the main headquarters is in Texas.

The base is home to the First Armored Division. President Barack Obama
visited there last month to meet the troops and mark the end of the official combat mission in Iraq.

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  1. Sherry

    The base is not located in New Mexico. I live here. It is all in El Paso Texas.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • What???

      Actually part of the training areas for Fort Bliss do go up into New Mexico...

      September 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • kifre

      Actually, a large portion of the base spills over into NM. I believe it's mostly used for training and that the inhabited bits are moslty or all in TX.

      My info comes from my brother, who was stationed there. But it is readily visible on maps if I recall correctly

      September 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EPT born, not raised

      what's the diff?

      September 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Truly they should shut the base down and move the soldiers. El Paso is the worst and ugliest place to live or raise a child. To many illegals running drugs and causing issues there. But I am sure we will just keep throwing money that way.

      September 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline

      Yes the base is part El Paso, the training area of fort bliss is in New Mexico. Checkout fort bliss base logo. You will see tx and nm.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      main post is but the main traning areas are in NM i lived there near the burger king near the shooting and retired from there!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Sherry is showing her intelligence of her surroundings.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • soldier`

      it's funny you live here and have no idea what your talking about. The majority of the land that is FT BLISS is in New Mexico.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Friend of the family

      Rest in Peace Tina, you will be missed so dearly. Everybody who knew you, knew that you where a good person. You where 2 young 2 die. My deepest condolence go out to your family. heaven has a new angel to watch over us. I will never forget about you. 😦

      September 21, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      How retarded can you be? Almost 75% of Fort Bliss IS in New Mexico, stretching almost to Alamogordo!

      September 21, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    Crazy, I was at the shoppette down the street when this happened.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Natalie

    It is all in El Paso, I lived there for 9 years.
    It's not really near the New Mexico border either.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Wrong. A bulk of the base IS in New Mexico. It is mostly training area and land. But the main post and things are in El Paso.

      September 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      The base is in Texas and its only minutes from the NM border. 99% of the training for the soldiers is done in NM. The Land for the training is owned by Fort Bliss there for Fort Bliss is both in El Paso, TX and NM. But I do agree that the place is ugly and I hate the the Army moved us here.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AM1

    Wow...it only took CNN 4 hours to report on this one. Seems like they would have been on the spot with all the terror happening cross border.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Willy

    Actually Sherry the base extends all the way to White Sands Missile Range. Dona Ana Range and McGregor range, both in New Mexico are part of Fort Bliss.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • What???

      Ditto

      September 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. reed

    McGregor range is all in New Mexico and is the largest part of Ft Bliss

    September 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Im stationed at Fort Bliss and work a few blocks from the shoppette. I'm glad I didn't stop by for a soda today. You would think security on base would be a bit more stringent in a post 9-11 world. As a resident of Fort Bliss it concerns me to think that my wife and children are not safe on a military installation. To my understanding this is not the first incident of this type at this same location. At least in Iraq it was a bit easier to tell who the enemy was.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Guess you forgot about the shooting we had here at Fort Hood last year....

      September 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. barbara

    Crazy most of us live on ft bliss in housing or in difRerent areas where base housing is offered. It seems base is not safe anymore. Wasnt it last yr when the shooting took place at the px

    September 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Yes, a civilian who was estranged came into the PX and shot his former wife who was a soldier in the head in the aisle close to the registers.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam Bradford

    I think the report meant most of the reservation area is in New Mexico. All of Ft. Bliss the cantonment area is indeed in El Paso, TX though.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Fort Bliss is a majority in New Mexico. Yes they main post is in El Paso, but base property is base property. And the bulk is in NM.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patty

    I can't believe that CNN doesn't know that Fort Bliss is in El paso Texas.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      IT IS MOSTLY IN NEW MEXICO.........Smaller part is in EL PASO.......jeesh

      September 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mags

    Who cares where the post extends to....people are wounded & dead! Can we focus on that? That's the issue @ hand here! For cryin out loud people!

    September 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      I think he is right, Majority is in New Mexico

      September 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      You're the only one who got the point. Thank you.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      As a parent of a soldier who is at Ft. Bliss my heart goes out to the family's of the injured and the shooter, is it really neccessary to spar over where Ft Bliss is located come one lets think of the family's involved here and pray for them

      September 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ARMYofONE

    Actually he is right. A majority of the base is located in New Mexico, but remember it is the training area. The main part of the base is in El Paso. Personally I think the base needs to be shut down. To much illegal activity around there and El Paso is a waste of a city for anyone who does not even speak Spanish. And it has to be one of the ugliest cities I have seen. Even uglier than areas of Iraq. Except most of Iraq is less violent and corrupt

    September 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luvme

      Wow!!!! If u are in the military, it's scary to think that people like u are "defending our freedom!!!"

      September 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SSG Desantiago Claudia

      Excuse me!, el paso its notthing compare to cities in iraq. i have been in Iraq , AND afghanistan its my 3rd tour. IDK how u can compare el paso to a city in iraq. obviously u never been in iraq. El paso is a nice city. I 10 takes u all over the place and they have nice Restaurants and Stores. i have been there and i dont think its ugly.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • GoodSeed

      Army of One...part of your comment is very ignorant. Just because you don't speak spanish doesn't mean this City is a waste. Learn to speak, read and understand spanish and it won't be a waste for you. What if you were stationed in Germany or Alaska, would you say it's a waste because you don't speak German or Yupik? If you don't like to be moved around different bases of the ARMY, then look for a way to sign off the ARMY or you shouldn't have enlisted anyways. If you're going to serve this Nation, do it from your heart. By the way: I'm not Mexican but learn your history, Texas was property of Mexico in the first place. So get used to the Hispanic language. God bless you, have a great night!!

      September 21, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • NoHablaEspanol

      I currently live in El Paso. Fort Bliss does extend into New Mexico. That is a fact. As far as not being able to speak the Spanish, I understand that certain areas of the country it is important to embrace the culture and try to find a balance. I have lived on the east coast, we have been stationed in Alaska for three years and most recently moved here to El Paso two years ago. It is one of the most safest cities in the United States, but that is only because of government security and the location of one of the largest Army posts in the world. I hate to admit it, but the first thing that came to my mind when my husband received the call to locate all of his soldiers because there was a shooting was that another soldier had opened fire. I didn't come to that conclusion because it is a Army post, anyone who has any knowledge of the military knows that civilians are just as numerous on a post or base as active duty military. I have seen so many men and women come home from overseas that are scarred, depressed and most of all scared of the real world. There are thousands of soldiers who need help and maxing them out on anti-anxiety meds and feeding them Ambien is not going to do the trick. The government has turned their backs on the men and women who come home and need help that isn't considered "emergent"! The therapists and psychologists are overwhelmed and over payed because our soldiers are not getting the care that is needed. They are either afraid to lose their benefits or lose promotion statuses and many don't report symptoms of PTSD. They can't choose their own therapist depending on their needs, the government mass enrollls the patients just like they are herding cattle. It is wrong, and these soldiers don't think they can help themselves. They take these extremely addictive drugs and suffer from the side affects while the world around them continues to unravel. They don't forget the horrific things they witnessed, they go about their days in a drug induced coma until they fall asleep and have nightmares about what they went through. When their monthly appointment with their government appointed Therapist arrives he or she describes the nightmares in the ten minutes they are provided with because of over scheduling, the the "therapist" decides that that soldier could benefit from a super addictive sleep aid called Ambien. These so called "doctors" are taking these men and women and prescribing them the maximum dose of serious drugs......many of them have never taken anything more than an Advil for a headache.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adam Bradford

    The reality is anyone can bring a weapon on any military installation and shoot someone if they wanted. Do you expect the gate guards to strip search every person and vehicle entering post? That is unrealistic as it'd take a very long time. This is just an unpreventable, but unfortunate incident.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      True but anyone can't just drive on to the base without a pass and host.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy

      All you need to get on Fort Bliss if you are military is a valid military ID, you don't even need Decal stickers anymore. For civilians all you need is proof of insurance and that is it. They sometimes check your car randomly but they only check your car and not the person.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BryanWolf

    Do any of you know anything about the shooter? ie. was the person a dependant or active duty or signed in as a visitor?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jax

      I would like to know as well. I don't think any of that's been released yet.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jax

    1st people are INJURED OR DEAD! It is sad to know as a military wife that these things aren't as uncommon as people would like to think. 2nd google maps shows the base in both states as does the government if in doubt ask your CO. Seriously.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      Yes, bad thing. The shooter was killed (not so bad) but tragic two were injured. I used to be a cop in the service. I wounder how or what can be changed to deter this in the future.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Maybe it was an Army wife doing her husband dirty like most of them do when deployed?

      September 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
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