Soldier Dies After Shooting Herself at Virginia's Fort Lee, Officials Say

PHOTO: Fort Lee in Virginia has been placed on lockdown on Aug. 25, 2014 after reports of a shooter.
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A soldier who shot herself today at the Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia, prompting a temporary shutdown, has died, authorities said.

The female solder, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, according to a news release issued by Fort Lee.

The soldier had walked into the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters building at 9 a.m., officials said, and then turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot.

The Associated Press reported that the woman shot herself in the head.

The base was temporarily placed on lockdown before it was lifted a short time later. A statement posted on Fort Lee's Facebook page said "the law enforcement event is over."

The building where the shooting took place is the headquarters of CASCOM, which lists its mission as to "design, develop, and integrate sustainment capabilities into warfighting requirements, foster innovation, and lead change for the future force," according to its website.

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