UPDATE: Soldier Dies after Shooting Herself in Virginia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) UPDATE 4:00 PM

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.


The Army says a female soldier with a gun inside a key building on a central Virginia base turned the gun on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others.

The Army says in a news release that early reports indicate she fired one shot Monday morning at Fort Lee. The base temporarily went on lockdown. Officials say she was inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

Officials say the shooter was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and her condition is not known. VCU confirms that it received a patient but did not give other details.

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.


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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