Active shooter incident reported at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020. All personnel enact active shooter protocols immediately. Post on lockdown.
— U.S. Army Fort Lee (@ArmyFortLee) August 25, 2014
An all-clear has been declared at Fort Lee in Virginia after the U.S. Army base was placed on lockdown this morning amid reports of an active shooter. Just after 10 a.m., the base was given the all-clear.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One Person Has Been Wounded
According to the Fort Lee Facebook page:
An active shooter incident has been reported on Fort Lee at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020. All personnel should enact active shooter protocols immediately. The installation is being locked down until further notice. More info to follow.
WINA confirmed that shots were fired. Shane Woodfoord of CKNW980 tweeted that one person had been wounded in the shooting. The Pentagon later said in a statement that nobody else was hurt in the shooting.
2. The Suspect Has Been Described as a ‘Disgruntled Female Soldier’
According to Fox News, the shooter was a woman who was “disgruntled.” She is a soldier who attempted suicide.
CASCOM headquarters remains on lockdown.
Fort Lee updated its Facebook page with this message:
An all clear has been issued by the Fort Lee installation operations center at 9:50 a.m. The law enforcement event is over.
3. Fort Lee Got a New Commander Last Week
On Friday, August 22, Major General Stephen Lyons was named the new commanding general of Fort Lee, according to the Army’s website.
4. The Base Had Just Enacted a New Emergency System
According to WBBT, the base had just rolled out “Fort Lee Alert.” This was new system designed to notify those on the base of danger. The Fort Lee Traveler newspaper reported on August 21 that the new alert would “greatly increase the installation’s ability to disseminate important and, possibly, life-saving information.” The official name for the project is AtHoc IWSAlerts.
5. CASCOM Is an Army Think Tank & Training Center
The Combined Armed Support Command is based at Fort Lee, and the building involved in the shooting is the CASCOM headquarters.
CASCOM trains 180,00 military students per year across 541 courses.
Watch a video about CASCOM and its mission above.
The base is home to some 34,000 people. It’s located 30 miles south of Richmond and 180 miles from Washington, D.C. In 2001, it was incorrectly reported that missing person Chandra Levy was buried near one of the bases parking lots.