FORT LEE, Va.-- The U.S. Army says a shooter reported Monday at its Fort Lee post near Richmond, Va., was a female sergeant who barricaded herself in an office, then shot herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.
Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons said the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects while barricaded on the third floor of the four-story building that houses the Army's Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM). Lyons said about 1,100 people were inside the building at the time.
The Army did not identify the soldier or give her condition. She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in RIchmond, where she later died.
Lyons said the soldier was a sergeant first class who has been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. He said her gun wasn't a service weapon.
On its Facebook page, Fort Lee said first-responders reacting to a report of a female soldier with a gun inside CASCOM headquarters at about 9 a.m. found that the soldier had apparently turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot. The Army said special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command were investigating the incident. "Fort Lee officials take this incident very seriously and are fully cooperating with the investigation," the statement said
The post was put on lockdown briefly. The post's Twitter and Facebook accounts instructed all personnel to "enact active shooter protocols immediately."
The Army sent an "all clear" message about 20 minutes later.
The lockdown came just four days after the Army announced the installation of a newmass warning and emergency notification system, to be activated within weeks. 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.
The alert system is being fielded at Fort Lee as part of the Army's Emergency Management Modernization Program, the paper said.
CASCOM is a training and education center located on the post about 20 miles south of Richmond.