Fort Sam Houston suspect caught; one shooting victim taken to SAMMC

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by Kens5.com staff

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Posted on June 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 9:57 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A man opened fire and shot a woman in an attack on property of Fort Sam Houston on Monday afternoon, putting the entire post on lockdown.

There were reports of shots fired as early at 3 p.m. near the Fort Sam Houston gate on Binz-Engleman Road, said Brent Boller, spokesman for Joint Base San Antonio.

Chopper 5 was on the scene by about 3:15 p.m. and broadcast images of the female victim being rolled on a stretcher to an ambulance.

Military authorities said the victim worked on post at the Army Medical Department Center and School and that's where the suspect found her, eventually shooting the victim multiple times.

"Her coworkers are physicians assistants and doctors so they were immediately on scene as first responders," said Commander Randy Anderson of JBSA Fort Sam Houston.

She was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center in stable condition.

SAPD officers combed the surrounding area in search of the suspect in the attack, and a man was captured and placed in the back of a police cruiser at about 3:45 p.m.

"He actually called the dispatch through his lawyer, SAPD dispatch, they relayed the call to us to locate him," said Matt Barido of JBSA Fort Sam Houston.

Matthew Graciano, a KENS 5 Facebook friend, witnessed the arrest.

"The suspect came out of the wood line, had his hands up and didn't put up a fight when cops came up on him," he said.

San Antonio police said the man was a military retiree and that the violence appeared to be domestic in nature because the shooter and the victim had been in a relationship at some point.

Police said they will be handing the suspect over to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Fort Sam Houston will be handling the case.

The shooting was part of an apparent domestic dispute between the two, who were at one time romantically involved, said Javier Salazar, SAPD spokesman.

Salazar said the woman was serving on active duty, but the man is not in the military.

After the incident military officials said they were pleased with the way this active shooter incident ended.

"The bottom line is we train for this, we're prepared of this and as a result of that within an hour we were able to secure the incident and make sure everything went back to ops normal within a one hour time frame," said Brigadier General Bob Labrutta of JBSA.

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