A deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood earlier Wednesday shook up the lives of a former Hawaii residents and left four people including the gunman dead.
Investigators say 16 others were also injured.
Officials say the shooter opened fire in one building, drove a short distance and opened fire in a second building.
After being confronted outside by a military police officer, he then used a handgun to take his own life.
Former Hawaii resident Kawehi Meheula's fiance Shawn Robinski is a soldier on base, and says around 4:30 this afternoon, she got a phone call she'll never forget.
"He literally said, 'Don't panic, but post is on lockdown. There's a loose gunman and we're all stuck here until they find him,'" said Meheula.
It would be five hours before they could talk again, an agonizing wait.
This base was the scene of another mass shooting in 2009.
Meheula says that she thinks security at Fort Hood needs more scrutiny.
"It just seems it's a little bit too easy to get on the military base. Unlike Pearl Harbor where security's heightened and you have to have a pass, you have a military sponsor with you at all times. It's not that strict here," said Meheula.
The Army has identified the soldier as specialist Ivan Lopez. Lopez served in Iraq in 2011 and has sought help for depression, anxiety and other problems.
A Fort Hood official says he was being assessed for whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder.
All of those killed and wounded in this incident were military members.