Police in Anne Arundel County had an increased presence around the Fort Meade military base following the attack at Fort Hood that left four people dead.
Around the base Wednesday night there was a mixed reaction. Some people had not heard about what happened, while others knew every detail.
Retired Army veteran Roy Loungo says the second shooting at fort hood in five years has hit him hard.
"The Army is a very close knit family and hearing that someone, especially someone in the Army, would have acted that way against other soldiers is very upsetting," Luongo said.
Officials say a gunman opened fire in an attack that left four dead.
Luongo has been stationed all around the world and provided some insight into how this kind of attack could impact that kind of environment.
"Military people, especially some in the infantry like down in Fort Hood and probably trained to respond towards something like that but in this case they probably decided not to and sheltered in place so other people could asses the situation," Luongo told ABC2.
As the investigation begins into how and why this happened, the impact is felt more than 1,500 miles away.
"I have a lot of relatives there. So it kind of hits home closely but I talked to all of my family and everybody is safe," Reginald Jackson said.
Jackson was born in Texas. His father, an Army veteran, trained there.
"The first thing that came to my mind, I thought about all the people, one of the largest military bases we have and my prayers just went out to them thinking of exactly what was going on and not yet again."
When he was asked about improving security measures at military bases in light of this latest shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel responded, "something's not working".