Echoes of shots fired at Fort Hood heard in Mountain Home

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (KBOI) - The echoes of shots fired at Fort Hood on Wednesday are being heard more than 1,000 miles away in the Gem state.

Mountain Home residents say the tragedy in Texas hits close to home for their community.

"It's so random, it's so unpredictable," psychiatric mental health nurse Maggie Morris said. "It's out of the blue. Anytime that sort of thing happens it has much more of an impact because you're just not ready for it."

Even though it has happened once before, Morris said she was stunned to hear about another shooting at Fort Hood.

"If it affects me from a global point of view then imagine how much more it's going to affect people who are basically military and who live in a military town, or a town with a military base," she said. "I think it would be close to home."

Leiloni Wichman fits that description. She lives in Mountain Home, and has several family members who have served in the military. Her husband was in the Navy, and she has two nephews in the Army.

"It's been crazy," she said. "Every day when they were gone I was worried, you know?"

Even though her nephews are back in the United States, she said for her, this tragedy hits a little too close to home.

"It kind of unnerves me because right now my nephew is still back in Georgia and he's the one that just got back from Afghanistan," Wichman said. "I kind of worry about that because if it happens at Fort Hood who is to say it's not going to happen where he is."

Wichman said she feels the Mountain Home Air Force Base is very safe, but says it's scary knowing that the dangers can follow soldiers home, even after they step off the battlefield.

"I would hope that our base is pretty secure up here," she said. "Hopefully nothing like what happened down there would happen here."

The Idaho National Guard said they have been doing everything they can to keep troops safe here at home, and will continue to do the same.

"Over the course of the last few years as we've heard about more and more of these shooting tragedies at military installations, we've done everything we can to re-double our efforts with security and make sure that our folks get the help that they need should they show indications of needing it," Col. Tim Marsano said.