Despite shooting, Ft. Hood families show resiliency
Early Thursday morning on the base, there was a sense of an attempt to return to normalcy following the attack. (Source: KLTV)
KILLEEN, TX (KLTV) -
A deadly shooting on Wednesday at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX left four dead including the gunman. Thursday, soldiers and their families have been left to pick up the pieces and come to grips with the second attack on their community in the last five years.
Early Thursday morning on the base, there was a sense of an attempt to return to normalcy following the attack. Families described the hours of anxiety they went through Wednesday night.
"It was really tense, really tense moments," said Brandy Morrison, a resident on the post.
Morrison talked about the more than four hours she spent off-post, separated from her husband, who was ordered to take shelter during the shooting on Wednesday afternoon.
"I just wanted to make sure that he was okay, that was my main concern through the whole thing, was my husband ok," said Morrison.
On the base, Mary and Tim Lingelback were visiting their son, his wife and their five grandchildren when the alarm sounded.
"It was pretty hectic for a while. Most of the kids are small, are little, didn't understand what was going on. There was stress that was building up in the home, a lot of drama going on," recalled Tim Lingelback.
The Lingelbacks were in town from North Dakota to celebrate their 36-year-old son's homecoming to his family.
I think they're doing the best that they can. Could it be better? Absolutely. Anything we can do to improve that would be good," said Tim.
Morrison's family says they're also shaken, but have no plans of leaving light of the shooting.
"In a sense, I feel I've been violated. My tight-knit community has been violated," said Morrison. "Regardless of that, I would still choose post."
An air of resiliency is evident at Fort Hood. People express confidence that the military will not only handle the investigation, but also keep everyone safe going forward.
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