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Army Base Shooter Shoots, Wounds Herself, Sparks Lockdown 

The base, about 100 miles south of Washington, was locked down at about 9 a.m. EDT after a report of a shooter.

UPDATE: August 25 2 p.m.

A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol shot and wounded herself after barricading herself in an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.

The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 GMT) and locked herself in an office. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her.

The soldier's identity and her condition were not released. The motive for the shooting was unknown.

WRIC TV, an ABC affiliate in Richmond, quoted base officials as saying the soldier was a sergeant first class and a 14-year veteran. She had been at Fort Lee for three years.

"We are sad for our soldier in arms that she faced those kinds of challenges that she thought she had to resort to those kind of actions," Major General Stephen Lyons, the base commander, said at a televised news conference.

The woman was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond. The base was locked down for less than an hour but the gate near the building where the incident occurred and nearby streets were kept closed, base spokesman Stephen Baker said.

According to the base's website, Fort Lee, located about 100 miles (160 km) south of Washington, is the Army's third-largest training site.

The Fort Lee shooting comes about four months after a soldier with mental health problems killed three people and wounded 16 at Fort Hood in Texas. The Fort Hood incident was the third shooting rampage at a U.S. military base in six months.

ORIGINAL POST: August 25 9 a.m.

A female soldier shot and wounded herself at Fort Lee, Virginia, on Monday, sparking a lockdown of the U.S. Army installation, the base said on its Facebook page.

The soldier turned the weapon on herself inside the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters and fired one shot, the statement said. Her condition was unknown.

The base, about 100 miles south of Washington, was locked down at about 9 a.m. EDT after a report of a shooter, the base said. An all clear was issued about 50 minutes later.

The shooting is under investigation, the statement said.

The Fort Lee shooting comes about four months after a soldier with mental health problems killed three people and wounded 16 at Fort Hood in Texas. The Fort Hood incident was the third shooting rampage at a U.S. military base in six months.

The Army statement did not identify the shooter and said officials would not immediately release any further information.

Fort Lee is 25 miles south of Richmond and 130 miles from Washington. It is the Army's third-largest training site, according to Fort Lee's website. Its daily population is about 34,000, with members from all branches, their families, civilians and contractors. The Army website also cites enormous growth and renovations at Fort Lee over the past decade as a result of realignment and closures of bases across the U.S.

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