Fort Lee shooting: Female soldier goes on 'rampage,' then 'turns weapon on herself,' dies from gunshot wound
FORT LEE, Va. (WJLA/ABC) - An "active shooter" incident at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia Monday ended with a female soldier shooting herself, officials said. The soldier later died at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center from the self-inflicted gunshot wound; she did not injure anyone else.
The incident took place about 9 a.m. at a four-story building on the base that serves as the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.
The base was placed on temporary lockdown and personnel were told to enact "active shooter" protocols after the soldier was spotted with a gun in the building. (see posting below from Fort Lee's verified Twitter account.)
Officials gave an all clear about 9:50 a.m., saying in a statement that "the soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself."
Prior to opening fire, the soldier went on a "rampage" during negotiations with law enforcement - which included throwing things within an office, Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons told reporters.
The Army identified the soldier only as a Sergeant 1st Class and said she had been deployed in Iraq for about 15 months in 2007; officials did not discuss whether the soldier had any history of mental health issues.
The gun the soldier used to shoot herself was not a service weapon, Fort Lee officials said, but rather was a small caliber gun. It was unclear where the gun came from.
The Department of Homeland Security uses the term "active shooter" to describe someone actively trying to kill people, usually in populated areas, with no pattern of choosing victims.
The Combined Arms Support Command lists its mission as to "design, develop, and integrate sustainment capabilities into warfighting requirements, foster innovation, and lead change for the future force."
The Fort Lee base is about 25 miles south of Richmond and about 130 miles from D.C.
Active shooter incident reported at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020. All personnel enact active shooter protocols immediately. Post on lockdown.— U.S. Army Fort Lee (@ArmyFortLee) August 25, 2014