Security guards open a gate for motorist at the visitor entrance to Fort Lee, Va., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. A female soldier with a gun inside a key building at a Virginia Army base turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as the heavily trafficked base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning. (Steve Helber / AP)
Fort Lee, Va. — A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command’s headquarters in Virginia.
Fort Lee officials said the solider was pronounced dead Monday after being taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. No other injuries were reported in the morning shooting.
Officials say the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects. Fort Lee temporarily went on lockdown while she was barricaded in the headquarters for the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command.
About 1,100 people were inside the building as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.
Officials said the soldier was a sergeant 1st class who’d been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. Officials say her gun wasn’t a service weapon.