ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) – An Iraq War veteran from western New York was among the 16 people wounded during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
Maj. Patrick Miller, 32, was wounded during the attack Wednesday by a gunman who killed three people before committing suicide.
Miller, who lives with his wife outside Austin, Texas, is a native of Allegany in Cattaraugus County.
His condition wasn’t released, but a doctor at a Texas hospital treating some of the wounded said he doesn’t expect any more deaths resulting from the shooting.
Miller’s family did not respond to phone calls and emails Thursday. His parents, Carole and Dr. John Miller, were en route to Texas on Thursday, according to local media reports.
Miller was a twice-deployed Iraq veteran who graduated from his hometown college, St. Bonaventure University, in 2003 and earned masters’ degrees in business and public administration from Syracuse University in 2009, his Facebook page said. He was also enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps while at St. Bonaventure, a private Catholic school near the Pennsylvania border.
Paul Brawdy was chairman of the physical education department at St. Bonaventure when Miller was enrolled. Brawdy remembers the physical education major as a “level-headed guy” and a gifted athlete who excelled at badminton, kayaking and other sports.
“He was never shy about jumping in with both feet,” Brawdy said in an interview. “From the very beginning, he knew he wanted to be an officer in the Army.”
Brawdy said he last saw Miller in 2013 when the soldier was in Allegany for a visit soon after being promoted to major. At the time, Miller said he was involved with hospital administration, Brawdy said.
Miller was first deployed to Iraq in 2003, where he led a platoon that provided combat health services. He returned in 2006 to advise Iraqis on logistics, according to his LinkedIn profile. Miller served as a financial officer at Fort Drum in northern New York until last summer, when he went to Fort Hood and became a brigade comptroller.
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