April 3, 2014 2:03 pm -

Ivan Lopez got his gun in the same store as did Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009.

Law enforcement officials told CNN that Wednesday’s shooter, who has been identified in media reports as Ivan Lopez, passed a background check when he bought a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at Guns Galore, a store in Killeen, Texas. In 2009, ABC News reported that Hasan purchased a FN Herstal Five-seveN tactical pistol from the same store in August of that year.

Army officials have said the handgun used by Lopez was not registered with the base. Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 on Wednesday before taking his own life.

Reached by phone on Thursday, Guns Galore employee Greg Ebert said questions about Lopez needed to go to the FBI.

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