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'All clear' at Fort Lee in Virginia after report of shooter

WASHINGTON - A soldier armed with a pistol shot and wounded herself Monday after barricading herself in an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.

The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT and locked herself in an office. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her.

The soldier's identity and her condition were not released. The motive for the shooting was unknown.

WRIC-TV, an ABC affiliate in Richmond, quoted base officials as saying the soldier was a sergeant first class and a 14-year veteran. She had been at Fort Lee for three years.

"We are sad for our soldier in arms that she faced those kinds of challenges that she thought she had to resort to those kind of actions," Major General Stephen Lyons, the base commander, said at a televised news conference.

The woman was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

Lyons said the soldier went on a "rampage" during talks with police, throwing things around the office and then opening fire, WRIC said. The pistol was a small-caliber handgun and not a service weapon, officials said. The shooting is under investigation.

The base was locked down for less than an hour but the gate near the building where the incident occurred and nearby streets were kept closed, base spokesman Stephen Baker said.

Fort Lee is located about 100 miles south of Washington.

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