Video: Fort Lee lockdown sparked by self-inflicted gunshot

posted at 12:41 pm on August 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this morning, the Fort Lee army base in Virginia went on lockdown after reports that one or more shots had been fired. The base sounded the “all clear” not long afterward, as investigators determined that the shot came from a woman who had injured herself:


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The “active shooter” alert at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia was prompted when a female soldier entered a building this morning with a gun and fired once, injuring herself, authorities said.

The female solder walked into the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters building at 9 a.m., according to a statement from Fort Lee’s media office.

Early reports from officials said the woman turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot.

Officials said the woman, whose identity was not released, was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her condition is not known at this time.

Investigators closed the base briefly again, as WTVR in Richmond reported from the scene:

According to official reports, the shooter didn’t wound anyone else, which means that this might be either a suicide attempt or simply a case of mishandling the weapon. The Daily Mail reported that the soldier was “disgruntled” based on a Fox News report, but the Fox article linked by the Daily Mail didn’t have such information. However, the local NBC affiliate had a report which gave some details that supported that analysis — based on unnamed sources, though:

The soldier is now being treated at VCU Medical Center. Officials do not have her condition, but said she shot herself in the head and suffered serious injuries.

Army officials have not released her identity, but say she is an E7 Sergeant First Class who was deployed to Iraq in 2007 for 15 months in the personnel arena.

The soldier came into the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters, building 5020 around 9 a.m. She went to the third floor of the building armed with a small, concealed handgun. She barricaded herself inside an office and began throwing stuff around the room. Negotiators tried to get the situation to end peacefully, but officials say she turned the gun to her head and fired a single shot. No other injuries were reported.

Technically, the “active shooter” alert is supposed to signify someone shooting at other people, but few will blame the Army officials for acting on the side of caution. We should expect the same from the investigation about the nature of the shooting itself and the soldier who injured herself, and that’s for the best. It’s best to wait for all of the facts to come out on the record before making assumptions about the nature of these incidents. That lesson has been taught to us many times — the Gabby Giffords shooting, for instance, or Ferguson this month — and perhaps we may soon start learning it.


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It’s best to wait for all of the facts to come out on the record before making assumptions about the nature of these incidents. That lesson has been taught to us many times — the Gabby Giffords shooting, for instance, or Ferguson this month — and perhaps we may soon start learning it.

Facts are tough

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Oh come now. This is easy to explain. The poor woman just got her first premium from Obamacare, and, well…….

Vanceone on August 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

We should expect the same from the investigation about the nature of the shooting itself and the soldier who injured herself, and that’s for the best. It’s best to wait for all of the facts to come out on the record before making assumptions about the nature of these incidents.

You mean like the Norfolk Navy Station shooting? That was investigated too. The facts of this incident will never be reported.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Prayers for this poor soldier.

Ward Cleaver on August 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Will it matter if her name is Jihada?

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

You mean like the Norfolk Navy Station shooting? That was investigated too. The facts of this incident will never be reported.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

These days I expect a Fast and Furious or Benghazi level of investigation. This is the new “normal”.

When the rule of law goes out the window you are left with the rule of the gun.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Vanceone on August 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Not funny.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Fort Lee is named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. So it has to be racism.

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

It’s best to wait for all of the facts to come out on the record before making assumptions about the nature of these incidents. That lesson has been taught to us many times — the Gabby Giffords shooting, for instance, or Ferguson this month — and perhaps we may soon start learning it.

Not much indication re: Ferguson that HA writers have begun learning it.

Midas on August 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

These days I expect a Fast and Furious or Benghazi level of investigation. This is the new “normal”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I would think that, at a minimum, the investigation needs to determine if PTSD was a factor.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Speaking of investigating things…

This is OT, but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere more appropriate to put it: Remember that IRS thing, where the judge ordered the IRS to explain why Lois Lerner’s emails are not recoverable? Well, that explanation was due on 8/22/14 – last Friday. Has anyone heard if the IRS complied with Judge Sullivan’s order?

bofh on August 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Prayers for her and her family. This is going to be tough for all involved, if the facts are even remotely as presented.

Thank God no one else was hurt.

GWB on August 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

How did she get a gun into a gun free zone?
The law says you can’t have a gun there……

dentarthurdent on August 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Prayers for her and her family. This is going to be tough for all involved, if the facts are even remotely as presented.

Thank God no one else was hurt.

GWB on August 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Amen.

Midas on August 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

An Army base goes on lockdown with one fkg. shot? The JV team is prolly laughing their ass off at crap like this. What the heck is going to happen when the real war starts here by ISIS. I pity most people when it does. Most people now are so dependent on others that they will never survive. A few of us will, but will be so overrun by the takers in America that we may run out of ammo before it’s over.

they lie on August 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Technically, the “active shooter” alert is supposed to signify someone shooting at other people, but few will blame the Army officials for acting on the side of caution.

Really? A gun goes off — a single shot — inside a room with a portion of those officials on the other side of the door. This is cause to issue a wide-reaching cower-in-place order?

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I would think that, at a minimum, the investigation needs to determine if PTSD was a factor.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

That rushing sound is the air in your ears as you leap to conclusions.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

From the corresponding Headlines thread:

It just occurred to me what happened here.

Somebody fired a shot on an Army base. The response?

The Army was ordered to go hide somewhere.

Think about that.

Want to take over an Army base? Fire a single shot, wait for everyone to go hide, then the base is yours.

Be all you can be. Quietly, behind a locked door until the shooting stops.

BobMbx on August 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

bofh on August 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Just off the top of my head the IRS came up with something and the Judge called BS on it and demanded a more thorough answer.

TooTall on August 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

The Army was ordered to go hide somewhere.

BobMbx on August 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Were the golf courses closed?

Obama Doctrine: #GoHide

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Technically, the “active shooter” alert is supposed to signify someone shooting at other people,

Because crazy people don’t change their minds or targets? I’m okay with the designation.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

bofh on August 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Just off the top of my head the IRS came up with something and the Judge called BS on it and demanded a more thorough answer.

TooTall on August 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

But why are we having to guess about it?

bofh on August 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

That rushing sound is the air in your ears as you leap to conclusions.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Hey genius-

Army officials have not released her identity, but say she is an E7 Sergeant First Class who was deployed to Iraq in 2007 for 15 months in the personnel arena.

Why would it be jumping to conclusions to think that they would be considering PTSD?

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

BobMbx on August 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Well when you are unarmed……..

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

You mean like the Norfolk Navy Station shooting? That was investigated too. The facts of this incident will never be reported.
Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

True dat, unless it’s SASD – Sexual Assault Stress Disorder. Then certain elements of the press will report on it constantly regardless of official government information.

Marcola on August 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Can’t wait for the Looney Tunes Progressives to start blaming Bush.

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

It’s best to wait for all of the facts to come out on the record before making assumptions about the nature of these incidents.

Trying to hide something Ed? Where were you at the time of this “suicide”? :P

WhatSlushfund on August 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

BobMbx on August 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Well when you are unarmed……..

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Exactly.

This is the height of embarrassment. The U.S. Army garrisoned at Fort Lee has thousands of soldiers needing help to protect themselves from a single hand gun — precisely because the U.S. Army isn’t an armed force.

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

But why are we having to guess about it?

bofh on August 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Good question … I notice that the Washington Times and Fox News both have articles around August 17th but my Internet skills are so lacking I can’t give you a link.

TooTall on August 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

An Army base goes on lockdown with one fkg. shot?

they lie on August 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Really? A gun goes off — a single shot — inside a room with a portion of those officials on the other side of the door. This is cause to issue a wide-reaching cower-in-place order?

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

You might want to give credit to the fact that the “active shooter” protocol seems to have been activated before the shot was fired, but after she went into her tizzy – apparently with a gun visible.

As to comments about the protocols – yes, they assume you’re unarmed… because you are, all day, every day. If you’re just meaning that armed personnel should be allowed on post, fine. (And, I understand snark.) But it sounds like some of you expect the soldiers to cart around their weapons of war every minute of every day. Please catch a clue on that one.

GWB on August 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

An Army base goes on lockdown with one fkg. shot?

they lie on August 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Yes – becase as GWB just indicated, military bases are essentially gun free zones – per federal law.

dentarthurdent on August 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

But it sounds like some of you expect the soldiers to cart around their weapons of war every minute of every day. Please catch a clue on that one.

GWB on August 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Well, I for one don’t think soldiers need to be armed in the shower. ;0

Seriously, even the Pentagon has designated “Shelter-in-Place” locations. What is unfortunate here is that it appears to me that this was more of a suicide attempt/gesture than it was any real threat to other soldiers like either of the Fort Hood shootings. If so, I hope the woman survives and gets the help she needs.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

You might want to give credit to the fact that the “active shooter” protocol seems to have been activated before the shot was fired, but after she went into her tizzy – apparently with a gun visible.

As to comments about the protocols – yes, they assume you’re unarmed… because you are, all day, every day. If you’re just meaning that armed personnel should be allowed on post, fine. (And, I understand snark.) But it sounds like some of you expect the soldiers to cart around their weapons of war every minute of every day. Please catch a clue on that one.

GWB on August 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I stand corrected. It was not a single shot that led to the cower-in-place order; it was an armed woman in a tizzy.

And I’ve spent enough time on the world’s Army bases — those of the U.S. and other countries — to appreciate that weapons of war need not be carted around by all at all times. But if there were a few here and there with a their side arms visible, that’s all it would take.

The U.S. Army shouldn’t have to worry constantly about a lone someone paralyzing an entire military installation — a place full of people that can handle themselves under fire.

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Well, I for one don’t think soldiers need to be armed in the shower. ;0
Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Well that would be just crazy.
Nobody (who knows better) wants a rusty weapon….

dentarthurdent on August 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The U.S. Army shouldn’t have to worry constantly about a lone someone paralyzing an entire military installation — a place full of people that can handle themselves under fire.

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Under fire? That kind of talk doesn’t line up with these cases of workplace violence.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Not much indication re: Ferguson that HA writers have begun learning it.

Midas on August 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

They learned to be like Libfree and the Zimmerman shooting, jump to conclusions.

RickB on August 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I demand to know the race of this shooter! Maybe she is mixed race and her white half randomly shot her non-white half.

Okay, how about her political affiliation- prolly a Teapartly, right?

How about her religion? Crazed evangelical, which is why they ordered a lockdown?

Could she have been driven to despair by sexual microaggressions??

My gosh, aren’t we going to get any information about this incident??!!!elebenty!!!111!!!

This is what happens when you have racists in charge of an inbreastigation!!!!!!! Nothing happens!!

//can’t think of anymore unrelated egregious scenarios

Dolce Far Niente on August 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

NYDN

An unhinged female soldier at Fort Lee in Virginia barricaded herself in an office and shot herself in the head in a suicide bid at the base early Monday, officials said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/shooter-reported-fort-lee-virginia-article-1.1915822#ixzz3BQnlOylu

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

shot herself in the head in a suicide bid

What we need is an Army psychiatrist. Paging Major Hasan!

MaiDee on August 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The Daily Mail reported that the soldier was “disgruntled”

That’s why the Army needs to be unionized.

I’m kidding, I’m kidding!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The U.S. Army shouldn’t have to worry constantly about a lone someone paralyzing an entire military installation — a place full of people that can handle themselves under fire.

Lolo on August 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

You, Sir, get it. It is absolutely ridiculous that a lone shot sends everyone for lock down on a military base. I don’t care what pack of jackasses made that a fed. law. Can you imagine walking into a police station and the cops are unarmed and a firecracker sends them into lockdown? Sounds to me like calling the cops militarized is asinine, since they are armed. Better come up with another meme.

they lie on August 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM