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Doctors optimistic no more Fort Hood fatalities

Doctors optimistic no more Fort Hood fatalities

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) A hospital official expressed optimism Thursday that nobody else would die from injuries following a shooting at Fort Hood that left four dead, including the gunman, and 16 others wounded.

Dr. Matthew Davis, trauma director at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, where three critically wounded military personnel were being treated, said none were expected to die from their injuries. The Central Texas hospital also was treating two patients listed in fair condition and four listed in good condition.

Scott & White is the only trauma center in the area, and authorities said any patients with life-threatening injuries likely would be sent there. They had no information Thursday about the extent of the injuries to patients being treated elsewhere, including at a hospital on the base.

"In terms of life-threatening events, right now I feel pretty good about our patients," Davis said at a news conference. "But we still have some time to go before I'm going to declare them completely out of the woods."

Davis also said "several" of the victims at the hospital about 65 miles northeast of Austin will be discharged Thursday. He did not say how many will be discharged. He described them as in "good spirits."

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