(7 Jan 15 Update) Active Shooter at El Paso Texas Veterans Clinic

Update (5:00 pm, 7 Jan 15)
EL PASO, TEXAS — The victim in yesterday’s shooting at an El Paso Veterans Clinic, psychologist Dr. Timothy Fjordbak (63), was acquainted with the gunman, Jerry Serrato (48). FBI Special Agent Douglas Lindquist, who leads the El Paso FBI Field Office, released some details today regarding the perpetrator and victim. In 2013, the perpetrator, a former soldier, had been a clerk in the Beaumont VA Clinic where the victim worked and the shooting took place. Dr. Fjordbak received a single vague threat during a 2013 chance encounter with his assailant in a grocery store. Mr. Lindquist stated that the perpetrator had a real or perceived grievance and made this single threat that he would get even with Dr. Fjordbak. The FBI does not believe the two men worked together at the clinic.

No information regarding the gunman’s treatment history or service record has been reported. However both the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Reuters report that El Paso area veterans have endured unusually long wait times for treatment. WSJ indicated a wait time of at least two months for mental health and longer to see a physician.

I will write an additional post when more information becomes available regarding the perpetrator and victim.

Update (8:30 pm, 6 Jan 15)
EL PASO, TEXAS — Fort Bliss officials confirmed the deaths of both the shooter and the physician, as reported by Fox News Radio, at a 7 pm press conference. No names or background released on the shooter or the victim. No other staff or patients were physically harmed.  The FBI will take the lead in the investigation with Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division) in support.

FBI and El Paso Police joined the Military Police on the ground and Border Patrol helicopters provided aerial response, according to local TV station KVIA – ABC7.

Original Post (5:45 pm, 6 Jan 2015)
EL PASO, TEXAS — An active shooter engaged a physician at the Veterans Affairs clinic adjacent to William Beaumont Army Medical Center (AMC) which serves Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, at approximately 3 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, 6 January 2015. A statement from local Congressman O’Rourke, and reports El Paso area news outlets KFOX-TV 14 and KTSM 690 AM indicate that Military Police responded and the shooter took his own life after firing on the physician. There is no statement as of this writing from Ft Bliss or Beaumont AMC officials regarding the condition of the wounded physician.

St Thomas Place will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

We encourage thoughts and prayers for the wounded slain physician, colleagues, family and friends as well as relatives of the shooter.

Thank you for reading.

sources:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_27264693/police-surround-el-paso-va-health-care-system

http://www.kvia.com/video/va-shooting-news-conference/30565984

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/BREAKING-EPPD-assisting-Fort-Bliss-over-reports-of-active-shooter-at-WBAMC-67279.shtml#.VK2Pxca1XFI

KTSM 690 AM and Fox News Radio broadcasts.

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