Fort Hood Shooting Survivor To Return Home

Maj. Patrick Miller (Courtesy photo)

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (June 24, 2014) Maj. Patrick Miller, who was wounded when a gunman opened fire on April 2 at Fort Hood, returns to his hometown of Allegany, N.Y., this weekend for the first time since the rampage.

Miller will be the grand marshal in an annual firefighters' parade on Saturday.

Miller, a member of a medical brigade, was in one of the buildings where Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on April 2, after an argument over his request for leave from Fort Hood.

Lopez killed Sgt. Timothy Owens, Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, and injured 16 other soldiers including Miller, before taking his own life after a female MP confronted him in a parking lot.

Miller, who was shot in the abdomen, is credited with keeping others soldiers safe from the gunman.

Miller is a 2003 graduate of his hometown college, St. Bonaventure University.

He's being transferred next month to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Miller was first deployed to Iraq in 2003, where he led a platoon that provided combat health services.

He served as a financial officer at Fort Drum in northern New York until last summer, when he moved to Fort Hood and became a brigade comptroller.