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Shooting at Fort Hood unfolds on social media, public responds

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FORT HOOD, TX (KLTV) - As the events at Fort Hood unfolded, people both on and off the military post took to social media.

The first public reports of the shooting came via  Twitter. As sirens and announcements told everyone on the base to take shelter and stay away from doors and windows, some turned to social media to chronicle the events.

Some of the photos captured officers rushing to the scene, while others showed officers checking cars outside Fort Hood's main gates.

One user, Don Gomez, posted an emotional picture of Fort Hood soldiers watching the news about their post from Fort Irwin, in California.

Many users expressed their concerns about changes in gun laws at Fort Hood, which banned certain weapons from the base and made it illegal for anyone with a concealed-carry license to bring a gun onto post.

Charles Johnson asked, "Why are Texas' citizens safer than her soldier?"

Texas veteran Mike Prysner said, "After first months since 2002 that no US troops died in Afghanistan, at least one death in war back home," referring to the struggle some veterans face one they return from war.

Senator John Cornyn wrote on Twitter, "Tonight, Texans' hearts are once again very heavy."

Fort Hood faced a similar tragedy in 2009 when Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others in a shooting on the base.

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