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In his own words, soldier shot at Fort Hood shares story

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Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook
Pike County - Four people were killed, 16 others injured Wednesday in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. One of the 16 surviving victims is from right here in Pike County.

By his own admission, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook is lucky to be alive. He tells us he was in his office Wednesday afternoon, where he says the shooting suspect had been for a meeting. Sgt. Westbrook says he believes something about that meeting caused Ivan Lopez to snap.

"He didn't like the information that was told to him, so he became irate," says Sgt. Westbrook. "He then left after the meeting was over with, and I guess he went to get his weapon, and he came back and fired shots."

Sgt. Westbrook was shot four times--twice in the chest, twice in the arm. He tells us he knew right away if he wanted to survive, he needed to find safety.

"Next thing going through my head was my family. My wife, my children, my mom, my dad, make sure I get safe, so I can stay alive for them," says Sgt. Westbrook. "And that's what I did. And through the grace of God, I came out of there alive."

Sgt. Westbrook's mother, father and sister didn't know right away how badly he was injured. Then, his dad tells us, around 2:00 Thursday morning, his cell phone rang. Caller ID showed it was his son.

"It was as though somebody had lifted a sack of concrete off my back," explains Theodis Westbrook, Sgt. Westbrook's father.

"We're all on speaker phone and everything, and I could get a good night's rest," says Sgt. Westbrook's sister, Armetra Otis.

Sgt. Westbrook told his family he was in pain but would recover.

"He's blessed to be here," says Otis. "And I'm just so glad to have him here, because he's my brother, and it's all I have."

"It was really, really frightening, and it was bad. It was very traumatic for all of them, and our hearts just go out to all the families that lost loved ones," says Theodis Westbrook.

Sgt. Westbrook has been in the Army since 2011. His family tells us he did one tour of duty in Afghanistan. They say they'll soon head to Texas to visit their hero.
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