A shooting has occurred at the Fort Knox Army post in Kentucky that left one Army civilian employee dead, reports Fox News. Police received a call reporting the shooting at about 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday and the post was put on lockdown about 10 minutes later.
Fort Knox is located about 30 miles south of Louisville.
This is a breaking story so stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what we know so far…
1. The Incident Occurred Near the Fort Knox Depository
The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Army outpost at Fort Knox. It happened near the Human Resources Command area, which employs 3,800 employees.
2. An Army Civilian Employee Was Shot and Killed
Fort Knox was placed on lockdown after an Army civilian employee was shot and killed in a parking lot at the base, reports CBS News. The victim, who was an employee of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, was transported to the Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chris Grey, spokesman for the independent Army investigative agency, said the shooting was a personal incident and not a random act of violence.
3. The Lockdown has Ended
The lockdown has since been lifted. But reports from the ground are saying that security is still very tight in the surrounding area. Authorities are looking for a person of interest to the case who they describe as a 5-foot, 9-inch black man and rides a black Yamaha motorcycle.
4. This is the Second Shooting in the Area This Year
There was another Fort Knox shooting in February 2013. In an apparent domestic dispute, Specialist Christopher Meeks and Krista Meeks were found dead in February in a residence on the base at Fort Knox. The Base was on “100% lockdown.”
5. Fort Knox Maintains Most of the U.S Federal Reserve’s Gold
It’s also home to more than 40,000 army personnel, staff, and family members. Fort Knox, Kentucky, is home to the United States Bullion Depository (aka Fort Knox), which holds a massive portion of the nation’s gold reserves. It holds some 4,578 metric tons of gold, roughly 3 percent of the gold ever refined.
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