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News of shooting strikes close to home for Watertown-based wife of Fort Hood soldier

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WATERTOWN — News of the shooting at Fort Hood struck close to home for local resident Lori R. Hickman.

Her husband, 1st Sgt. David Hickman, has been stationed for about two years at Fort Hood, where he does field artillery work. He was among the thousands of soldiers on lockdown as law enforcement responded to the installation Wednesday.

Before it became national news, Mrs. Hickman said, her husband sent her a text message about the initial lockdown, and said he was OK.

After receiving that message, Mrs. Hickman said, she saw several social media posts from friends of hers at the installation about the lockdown, and a stream of calls from family and friends concerned about her husband’s safety.

“You’re concerned for the military community, and those soldiers that are affected, and those families,” she said.

Mrs. Hickman finally spoke to her husband on the phone about 11:30 p.m., hours after his initial text, after he was able to return home. He was able to talk to their 8-year-old daughter Thursday morning.

“It puts your mind at ease when you’re finally able to hear their voice,” she said.

Among the friends she has at the installation, she said, the reaction she has is surprise that another shooting incident would happen there after the shooting of 2009.

Wednesday’s incident made her look forward to the day her husband would return to the north country.

“That’s the first thing that runs through my mind,” Mrs. Hickman said. “You’d rather him be closer to home. But the Army sends you where you’re needed.”

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