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Soldier who shot herself at Ft. Lee Army base has died

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Soldier who shot herself at Ft. Lee Army base has died

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 25, 2014

UPDATE: NBC News and Fox News are reporting that the U.S. Army sergeant who shot herself this morning at the Fort Lee Army base has now died.

The soldier was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center after the shootiing, and was pronounced dead later in the day. It is not known whether she was receiving treatment for any mental health issues.

ORIGINAL STORY:

U.S. Army base Fort Lee in Virginia was placed in lockdown Monday morning after reports surfaced of an "active shooter incident" in the 9 a.m. hour. An "all clear" message was declared an estimated 20 minutes later at the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM).

A senior U.S. Army official told Fox News that the shooting incident has been "resolved" and the female shooter was taken into custody.

The unidentified female sergeant allegedly barricaded herself in an office with a gun that was not a service weapon and then turned the gun on herself and shot once following negotiations with other soldiers. Her current condition is unknown. No other injuries were reported.

NBC News reports the woman, "a sergeant first class with 14 years in the Army, was flown to a hospital, where her condition was unknown." Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, head of the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command, "said that she had been deployed to Iraq in 2007 for a personnel job," NBC reports. "He said it was not clear what led the sergeant to shoot herself. 

"The lockdown came just four days after the Army announced the installation of a new mass warning and emergency notification system, to be activated within weeks," reports the USA Today. "Called 'Fort Lee Alert,' it is intended to 'greatly increase the installation's ability to disseminate important and, possibly, life-saving information,' James Livingston, an army operations specialist, told the Fort Lee Traveller, the installation's command-authorized newspaper." 

 
 
 
Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.