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Wrong Ivan Lopez: Arizona man mistaken for Fort Hood shooter

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It's a case of international mistaken identity. Media outlets across the globe are confusing a valley veteran named Ivan Lopez, for the Fort Hood shooter who shares the same name.

Authorities identified the Fort Hood shooter, who left three dead before turning the gun on himself, as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez. The other Ivan Lopez, 32 and from Phoenix, shares many similarities to the suspected shooter. He also is an Army veteran who had been stationed at Fort Hood three years ago, and served in Iraq.

"What are the chances? One in a million that this guy…same name, profile wise, Hispanic male, 30 years of age, family, married, having kids, Fort Hood… just a coincidence," he said.

What seemed like a harmless coincidence at first, now has the veteran fighting to save his reputation. Lopez says his phone has been ringing non-stop since authorities released the suspect's name.

A Google search on the name "Ivan Lopez," as of Friday evening, pulls up the Phoenix veteran's picture.

"I am Ivan Lopez and I let them know I'm not the shooter," said Lopez.

It's a strange coincidence that has Lopez caught up in a shooting at Fort Hood again.  During the 2009 shooting, he was on lock down at the base.  This time, he's fielding phone calls from media outlets across the globe. Lopez just shrugged it off until he heard what the confusion has done to his family.

"The first thing they heard was 'Do you know your husband has been shot?' My wife was like, what are you talking about? My daughter was within an earshot," he said.

"People started knocking on our door and started asking us about Ivan.  My mom kept them at bay and said ‘nope, you got the wrong Ivan,'" said Ysabel, Lopez, his wife.

The living Ivan Lopez and his family are hoping to clear his name.

"I hope before they post things about my dad and family…they should get things, information 'cause it kinda affects our family and makes us feel upset and worried for our family," said Lopez's daughter.

The family says they've called media outlets that had the wrong picture posted and those organizations have since taken the valley veteran's picture down.

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