Officials Say Female Soldier Shot Self At Fort Lee Headquarters

The Fort Lee Combined Arms Support Center in Virginia was placed on lockdown due to an active shooter on the premises. Just before 10 a.m., soldiers report an "all clear." 

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The Fort Lee Combined Arms Support Center (CASCOM) in Virginia was placed on lockdown this morning due to an active shooter on the premises:

The base affected, CASCOM, "trains, educates and grows adaptive sustainment professionals; develops and integrates innovative Army and Joint sustainment capabilities, concepts and doctrine to enable Unified Land Operations."

As per the Fort's Facebook page:

Public Affairs Director Stephen Baker at Fort Lee was able to confirm the report to The Wire via phone today just after 9:30 a.m. "This incident is developing. We don't have any more information," Baker said. He did not respond to inquiries if the shooter was known to personnel or if and how many officers were injured. The Wire also spoke with Officer Amy Perry who was unable to disclose further information, however, she did note that those in the affected building have "fully enacted the active shooter protocol."

Fort Lee has been working on a new "Shooter on Post" response system, known as "Fort Lee Alert," to be activated in the coming weeks:

James Livingston, operations specialist in the Force Protection Branch, told the Fort Lee Traveller, the new system will "greatly increase the installation’s ability to disseminate important and, possibly, life-saving information."

At 9:58 a.m., a soldier at Fort Lee told The Wire they had been given the "all clear."

Around 10 a.m., police vehicles arrived on the scene:

At 10:12 a.m., Fort Lee posted to their Facebook that the "all clear" has officially been issued.

Details of the active shooter are not yet available. Fort Lee does not allow carries, or firearms, on the premises and the base has not yet shared the identity of the shooter nor information in regards to any injuries.

Officer Pat Buffett at the Fort Lee Public Affairs Department told The Wire that though the base has been given the "all clear," the building where the incident happened, 5020, which is the headquarters of the school, remains contained and closed off from the rest of the base. He was unable to confirm who the shooter is or if anyone was injured.

At 10:16 a.m., cars were let in and out of the base:

At 10:44 a.m., Fox News reported that the shooter, a woman, was wounded and detained by authorities. No injuries to other officers at at the base have been reported yet.

The Wire spoke to an Army official just after 10:50 a.m. who said that the shooter was indeed female, and "turned the weapon on herself." No other soldiers were reported injured and it is unknown if she was stationed to Fort Lee.

Fort Lee's Sarah Gauvin offered this statement to The Wire:

Fort Lee has given the all clear following an incident at Fort Lee earlier this morning.  Fort Lee first responders responded to a report of a female Soldier with a gun inside the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters, Bldg. 5020 at approximately 9 a.m. today. 

Early reports indicate the Soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself. The Soldier was transported Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.  Her condition is not known at this time. 

Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are on scene and investigating the incident.  Fort Lee officials take this incident very seriously and are fully cooperating with the investigation.

No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Fort Lee leadership will provide a statement to news media outside the Lee Avenue Gate on Route 36 eastbound at approximately 11:15 a.m.

No other injuries have been reported.

Update (4:40 p.m.): The shooter involved died from the self inflicted gunshot wound at a local hospital.

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