September 21st, 2010
04:52 PM ET

FBI: Ft. Bliss gunman is retired Army sergeant

A retired Army sergeant is responsible for shooting two convenience store employees, killing one, Monday on the Fort Bliss military base in Texas, the FBI said Tuesday.

The man, identified as 63 year old Steven Kropf, of El Paso, Texas, was shot and killed by law enforcement on the base.

"It is not known whether the shooter had any relationship with either of his victims.  The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.  It has been determined this was an isolated criminal incident and not terrorism related," the FBI said in a statement released Tuesday.

The two female victims were brought to Beaumont Army Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as Bettina Maria Goins, 44, of El Paso, Texas.  The identity of the surviving victim will not be released due to privacy concerns, the FBI said.

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  1. army wife

    It makes me upset with reading this blog. My husband is station at Ft Bliss and it is a scary thing to go through. For those of you that have served your country thank you. For those of you who havent stop saying things that you do not know what you are taking about. Out of the past 2 years there has been three shootings on this post and two were civilians that did it not soldiers. So what about help for everyone in this country if you go onto a military installation and shoot innocent people. I can not believe that everyone is bring up a terriost act when this was a random thing that happened. Parrot my comment to you is if you have no respect for the people that give you your freedom then why are you still here in this country. I agree with Kenny when he said what he did. I have served in the military and now am a proud military wife and support what our troops do. If not for them none of us would be where we are and have the freedom that we all love. Keep the families of these people in your prayers. And pray that the only surving victim pulls through.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Army Civilian Employee

      here, here! I can't believe some of the comments on this blog. Totally unrelated and nonsensical. I applaud our soldiers and their families. I pray for your entire community, those involved, and the families of all, to include the retired sgt.

      September 22, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. George Vreeland Hill


    We need to start taking a real hard look at how we control guns in this country.
    There are a number of weapons available today that do not belong in people's hands.
    If the number of gun related deaths keep going up, then maybe we need to take all guns out of society, except hunting rifles.
    The lies of the NRA and its supporters no longer hold any weight.
    The often used saying, guns don't kill people, people kill people, is wrong.
    The real truth is that people use guns to kill other people, and they are doing so in record numbers.
    Another argument of gun owners is that if guns were outlawed, then only criminals would have guns.
    Well, guess what?
    Good citizens can have guns right now, and many do, but they are still getting shot.
    If someone pulls a gun on you, it will not matter if you have one yourself.
    Many police officers around the country have been killed in recent years by firearms, and no one is more well armed than police.
    We saw more than thirty Virginia Tech students killed by a nut with a gun.
    We have seen many shootings in high schools, churches, malls, parks, the streets, our homes, military bases and on and on.
    Since arming everyone is out of the question, how can we protect ourselves from this sort of thing?
    Quite simply, we can't, even with more security.
    How many more innocent people have to die because the outdated Second Amendment states that people have the right to keep and bear arms?
    It does not work today.
    Read the entire 2nd.
    People's right to live far outweighs the right to bear arms.
    Get pistols and all other guns that are used to massacre people out of society.
    If that does not stop the violence, then ban all guns (except hunting rifles), and tell the NRA to shut its stupid mouth.
    In closing, I have to say that hunters must be allowed to keep their weapons including rifles, because hunting is not only a proud tradition, but a necessity as well.
    Ban all other guns.
    The next child to die may be yours.
    Believe me, the NRA won't care.

    George Vreeland Hill
    (Look my name up because I am out to get the NRA and all gun lovers who have no answers, and I am doing so in a very legal and public way)

    September 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Go Away Troll!

      September 23, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Are you running for political office or trolling for donations to your cause? Neither has a place here where military folks on a base that places all sidearms(handguns) under lock and key have suffered this tragedy, thus disproving what you claim. You have no respect for the grieving, so go spew your rant elsewhere.

      September 23, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Nobody's allowed to carry guns on post. Nobody's allowed to carry guns on a college campus, at a high school, church, or any mall I've ever been to. But you said yourself that shootings happen in all of these places. Seems to me like banning guns from a place doesn't really keep bad guys from bringing them in. Darn criminals don't seem to have much respect for the law nowadays...

      Sorry, but until we can track down all the bad guys in the world and take away their guns... and keep them from getting new ones... I don't really want to give mine up. You can "pry it from my cold dead hands," so to speak. BTW, how do we know this guy was done shooting people before he was shot and killed? Thank God the MPs were there this time to stop him. ...but there aren't always cops around to shoot the bad guys for us.

      September 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mic187

    Once again white bigotry determines how people are labled and demonized even murderers. When the Ft. Hood shootings happened when it was discovered the man charged was Maj. hassan a muslim everybody and their mother called him a terrorist,wanted all media to call him a terrorist demanded Pres. Obama amd Homeland Security call him one and questioned why he wasnt officially called a terrorist. Now we have another texas base shooting in which 2 died. YET BECAUSE THE SHOOTER IS A WHITE JEWISH MAN HE'S NOT BEING CALLED A TERRORIST . NO DEMAND FOR HIM TO BE CALLED ONE. NO DEMAND ON PRES OBAMA AND HOMELAND SECURITY,ETC. Steven Kropf terrorist killings points out hypocracy and bigotry.

    September 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anti-stupidity

    OK, nobody knows why he did it. Could be jealousy, terrorism (not likely), mental breakdown, alzheimers, or any number of things. Gun control is not the answer. What will they do if there are no guns and everybody is getting stabbed? Start pushing for knife control? PTSD is not something that becomes apparent immediatly, everyone is different. Sometimes it may take time to display.
    It is better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it.

    September 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
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