FORT HOOD, TX (WIVB)- The western New York soldier who survived a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood last week was a true hero during the shooting. Major Patrick Miller got shot in the gut, and continued to pull his fellow soldiers to safety behind a door and call 911.
It’s still unclear just how many lives he saved at Fort Hood, but a national reporter, Jennifer Hlad, who wrote the incredible story of bravery in Stars and Stripes, shared more details with News 4 about his heroic actions.
Stars and Stripes is an official Department of Defense publication. Hlad said Major Miller, an Allegany native, is emerging as the first true hero at the Fort Hood shooting.
Sixteen were shot, three killed and the gunman Spc. Ivan Lopez took his own life after the shooting. Major Miller heard the “pop, pop, pop of gunfire” and rushed to get his fellow soldiers to safety.
The publication is also reporting that Lopez bought the .45 caliber semi-automatic at the same store in Texas, where Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased the weapon he used in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that killed 13 and wounded 32 others.
Investigators now believe Lopez had an argument with his superiors, which reportedly involved a leave request. While the investigation continues, Major Miller and others continue to heal.
“From what we’ve heard he was actually putting pressure on his wound with one hand and calling 911 with the other hand.” Hlad said, “A lot of people have been talking about it he is certainly one of the first heroes to emerge here.”
Hlad said, “He definitely played a role keeping the other soldiers away from the gunfire.”
Miller’s mother said she is thankful for all of the prayers. Major Miller’s friends in Allegany have told News 4 that Miller is an “outstanding American.”