Fort Hood shooting victim received master's degree from Syracuse University

Major Patrick Miller

A graduate of Syracuse University and Western New York native is among the 16 people wounded during a mass shooting at Fort Hood late Wednesday afternoon.

Major Patrick Miller of Allegany, Cattaraugus County, underwent surgery Wednesday night, according to his uncle Christopher Miller, who spoke with WKBW-TV in Buffalo.

Christopher Miller said he was not sure of specifics about his nephew's injuries.

Major Miller graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2003 and received two master's degrees from Syracuse University in 2009. A university spokesperson says he graduated from SU with Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees. He was enrolled in the Department of Defense Comptroller Program.

"The Syracuse University community is saddened to learn that our alumnus, Major Patrick Miller, was injured in yesterday's shooting at the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas. Our thoughts are with Major Miller and his family, and with all of those affected by this terrible incident," said SU Chancellor Kent Syverud in a statement to the media.

"A native of Western New York, Major Miller attended SU as part of the Defense Comptrollership Program, a unique graduate education program designed to meet the Army's comptrollership needs. He graduated with master of business administration and master of public administration degrees in 2009."

"We will keep Major Miller in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead and hope for his full and speedy recovery."

Governor Andrew Cuomo also released a statement on the shootings, saying "The shooting at Fort Hood has left New York saddened and shocked at the senseless violence that claimed the lives of dedicated soldiers and injured 16 others. I join the nation in mourning the loss of those Americans who demonstrated great patriotism in serving their country. Among those injured is Major Patrick Miller, from Allegany County, who joined the U.S. Army after graduating from St. Bonaventure in 2003. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to the injured victims and their families. "

Miller's Twitter account indicates that he is a two-time combat veteran.

The mass shooting on Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood left four people dead, including the gunman. It was the second-deadliest mass shooting at the military post in the last five years.

(Some information from in Rochester)