Fort Hood: Injured Shooting Survivors Transferred, 1 With Spinal Injury

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

FORT HOOD (April 10, 2014) Two seriously injured survivors of the April 2 shooting rampage at Fort Hood have been transferred from Scott & White Hospital in Temple to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, one of them with a spinal injury who’s determined to walk again.

Pvt. Deon Josephs, 31, is in the same unit as the gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, and was friends with Lopez, his brother Darren said.

Darren said Deon was in the transportation building to which he and Lopez were both assigned, sweeping a shop floor in one of the vehicle bays when Lopez came in and shot him in the back.

"He never saw it coming the bullet struck his shoulder blade, fractured it then from there it hit his main artery in his neck and the force of the impact damaged his vertebrae in his spinal cord. He never lost consciousness but when he fell down he saw that it was Ivan and Ivan had the gun in his hand," Darren said.

Deon was was taken to Scott & White where he underwent surgery.

Afterward, Darren said, Deon was able to lift his leg, but was still using a ventilator.

Some of Deon's family members have set up an account on the fundraising website, and Darren is posting regular updates about his brother's condition on the site.

Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37, of Effingham, Ill., an Iraq war veteran; Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, a 20-year Army veteran who was planning to retire; and Sgt. 1st Class Danny Ferguson, 39, of Mulberry, Fla., a Bronze Star recipient who had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, died when Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire late in the afternoon on April 2.

Lopez fired a total of 35 rounds in a rampage that lasted for eight minutes from the time of the first 911 calls until he shot himself after a female MP confronted him in a parking lot.

Sixteen other soldiers were injured.

Two other injured soldiers were still at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Thursday.

Most of the other injured victims have since returned to duty.

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