Western NY Soldier Wounded in Ft. Hood Shooting

- The family of Major Patrick Miller of Allegany says he was among those shot and wounded in a mass shooting Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Texas.
Miller underwent surgery after the shooting.  As of Wednesday night, there was no word on his condition.   

According to the Ft. Hood officials, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a uniformed gunman opened fire around 4pm Wednesday inside two buildings on the base.  The gunman then shot himself.    Military officials say the gunman was a veteran of combat in Iraq and was being treated for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.  

All those killed and wounded in the attack were military personnel. 

Ft. Hood was the base where 13 died and more than 30 were wounded on November 5th, 2009.   Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan was convicted of that shooting and sentenced to death last year.

Miller is a 1999 graduate of Allegany-Limestone High School. His coach, Mike Wilber says this is a national tragedy that really hits home.

Wilber said, “For a small town like Allegany. It’s a very tight-knit community. So when it does hit home it has a ripple effect throughout everybody and everybody here is just pulling for him.”

Major Miller was the captain of the Football and Track and Field team. Wilber says if you knew him, you’d understand why he’s a major in the military.

Miller attended St. Bonaventure University, where he majored in physical education and science before graduating in 2003. While in college, he was in the ROTC. After graduating, he joined the Army.

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