Meridian Natives Escape Injury in Fort Hood Shootings

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Meridian, Miss. There were tense moments Wednesday afternoon as a Meridian pastor and his family waited to hear from their loved ones stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Dr. Charles Johnson says his wife, Shirley, and he were on the edge of their seats as they watched the events unfold on base at Fort Hood, in Killeen, Texas. A soldier, later identified as Ivan Lopez, shot and killed three people, and wounded 16 others before shooting and killing himself. Dr. Johnson is the longtime pastor at Fitkins Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Meridian. The Johnson's daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter live, work, and go to school on base at Fort Hood. Another daughter lives and works nearby off of the base. Dr. Johnson says after Fort Hood went on lock down, his daughter was unable to pick up her 12-year old daughter from school on the base.

"They wouldn't let them out. They had to stay just where they were in the offices," said Dr. Johnson. "Because they didn't know what, they didn't know where the person was, they didn't know who it was, but they were really in distress."

Johnson says they were relieved to receive texts and calls from their daughter confirming family members were not harmed, but his granddaughter was held at school until the lock down was lifted, at nearly 9:00 p.m.


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