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Friday 24 January 2020

Woman soldier shot self at US base

The Fort Lee army base in the US was put on lockdown, officials said
The Fort Lee army base in the US was put on lockdown, officials said

A female soldier with a gun inside a key building at a US army base turned the weapon on herself, sparking a temporary lockdown.

The woman injured herself but no others at Fort Lee in Virginia and the all-clear was later given.

Early reports indicate that the soldier fired one shot inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command, according to a military news release.

The woman was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre but her condition is not known, the Army said. The centre confirmed that it received a patient from Fort Lee.

Fort Lee, about 130 miles (200 kilometres) from Washington, is the Army's third-largest training site, according to its website.

Its daily population is about 34,000, with members from all branches, their families, civilians and contractors.

The Combined Armed Support Command is responsible for training more than 180,000 students a year.

A commanding general at the base said the woman barricaded herself in an office before shooting herself while law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.

Major General Stephen R Lyons said the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects.

He said the woman is a sergeant first class who has been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. He said the gun was not a service weapon.

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