Veteran shoots, kills himself in Texas VA waiting room

April 24, 2019
Jennifer Vinciguerra /

A veteran reportedly shot himself to death in front of hundreds of witnesses in the waiting room of an Austin, Texas, Veterans Affairs clinic, according to an article on the Military Times website.

Many in the building were unaware of what had occurred for some time after the shooting and were surprised by the call to evacuate the building. Once vacant, the hospital was locked down for an investigation.

A 2018 Government Accountability Office report determined the VA had not been adhering to the same security standards required of federal buildings, potentially leaving staff and patients vulnerable to risk.

Less than a week before, two veterans from Georgia killed themselves in separate incidents outside VA hospitals.

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