Ft. Lee issues 'all clear' after female soldier shoots herself

FORT LEE, Va. (WTVR/CNN) — Fort Lee, an Army post in Central Virginia, was on lockdown Monday morning after officials say a female solider shot herself.

Officials said that first responders were dispatched to a report of a female soldier with a gun inside the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters (Bldg. 5020) at 9 a.m.

That's where the soldier reportedly turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot.

VCU Medical Center staffers confirmed that one patient from the Army post had arrived at the Richmond hospital. There has been no word on the soldier's condition.

"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are on scene and investigating the incident," read a post on Fort Lee's Facebook page.

News of the incident was first posted on social media.

"Active shooter incident reported at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020," stated a tweet sent out from the post around 9:30 a.m. "All personnel enact active shooter protocols immediately."

Around 9:50 a.m., CBS 6 News senior reporter Wayne Covil reported that an intercom on the base sounded stating that the situation "was over."

"An all clear has been issued by the Fort Lee installation operations center at 9:50 a.m.," read post on Fort Lee's Facebook page. "The law enforcement event is over."

The lockdown was partially lifted, then limited to one building and main gate.

Retired Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks, a CNN military analyst, described the post as a "very active" one, with soldiers "routinely coming and going to get various types of training."

In an active shooter situation, he said, everyone locks down in place to avoid becoming a target while letting authorities and military police respond.

Fort Lee is a census-designated place in Prince George County.


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