Soldier Dies After Shooting Herself At Fort Lee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command's headquarters in Virginia.

Fort Lee officials said the solider was pronounced dead Monday after being taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. No other injuries were reported in the morning shooting.

Officials say the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects. Fort Lee temporarily went on lockdown while she was barricaded in the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

About 1,100 people were inside the building as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.

Officials said the soldier was a sergeant 1st class who'd been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. Officials say her gun wasn't a service weapon.

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A commanding general at a Virginia Army base says an enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office, then shot herself in the head as officials tried to negotiate with her.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons says the soldier went on a rampage, throwing objects. Fort Lee temporarily went on lockdown while she was barricaded on the third floor of the four-story building that is headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command. Lyons says about 1,100 people were inside the building.

The Army didn't identify the soldier or give her condition. Lyons says she's a sergeant 1st class who's been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. He says her gun wasn't a service weapon.

Lyons says officials don't know whether she was being treated for mental health issues and couldn't speculate whether alcohol or drugs might have played a role.

No other injuries were reported.

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The Army says early reports indicated that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, on a central Virginia base.

The Army put Fort Lee on lockdown Monday morning, with a report of an active shooter. Officials say the soldier had a gun inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

Pentagon spokeswoman Alayne Conway says the shooter did not wound anyone, but she was uncertain of the shooter's status.

The lockdown has been lifted.

Fort Lee is 25 miles south of Richmond and 130 miles from Washington. The military says it's the Army's third-largest training site.

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A Pentagon spokeswoman says a shooter on a Virginia Army base did not wound anyone, but she is uncertain of the shooter's status.

The shooter was reported Monday morning at Fort Lee and the base locked down temporarily before an all clear was issued.

Pentagon spokeswoman Alayne Conway says the situation is under control.

The four-story building involved is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

No other details were available. Base personnel were told to enact "active shooter" protocols. The Department of Homeland Security uses the term to describe someone actively trying to kill people, usually in populated areas, with no pattern of choosing victims.

Fort Lee is 25 miles south of Richmond and 130 miles from Washington. The military says it's the Army's third-largest training site.

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An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia.

Officials say the base has been put on lockdown and personnel there have been told to enact active shooter protocols.

The four-story building involved is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

No other details were immediately available.

The base is about 25 miles south of Richmond, Virginia, and about 130 miles from Washington.

According to the military's website, Fort Lee is the third-largest training site in the Army. Its daily population is about 34,000, with members from all branches, their families, civilians and contractors.

The Army website also cites enormous growth and renovations at Fort Lee over the past decade as a result of realignment and closures of bases across the U.S.

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An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia.

According to Fort Lee's verified Twitter account, the base has been put on lockdown and personnel there have been told to enact active shooter protocols.

No other details were immediately available.

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