A soldier has fatally shot a fellow serviceman at Fort Bragg and then turned the gun on himself, injuring another soldier in the process, reports USA Today.
A battalion commander from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade was shot dead by a fellow soldier during a unit safety brief around 3:30 pm on Thursday afternoon. The unknown gunman then turned the weapon on himself, injuring another by the attempt on his own life.
Fort Bragg has released a statement regarding the incident:
One Soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident June 28, 2012.
During a unit safety brief a Soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third Soldier who was in the area was also slightly wounded in the shooting.
“This is a tragedy for our community. We don’t yet know the reasons for the shooting, but are working with the unit and the affected Families to help them through this difficult period,” said Col. Kevin Arata, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer.
“Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident,” Arata said.
Fort Bragg law enforcement and emergency responders secured the scene within minutes at the corner of Letterman and Armistead Streets.
Special Agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are on the scene and have begun an investigation.
The Army has not identified any of the soldiers involved in the shooting as of yet.