FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WECT/WBTV) - An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting at a North Carolina Army Base.
One soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade is dead and two others are wounded, according to a news release from Fort Bragg. The shooting took place on base Thursday around 3:30 p.m.
According to the Army Times, the solider who was fatally shot was a senior officer.
The shooter was injured and is in custody, according to Fort Bragg officials. A third soldier was reportedly injured by a ricocheting bullet.
During a unit safety brief a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself, the release stated. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third soldier who was in the area was slightly wounded.
"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, in a statement.
"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 of the shooting, which was at the corner of Letterman and Armistead streets.
Special Agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating, according to Army officials. No motive has been determined for this case at this time.
Notification of the next of kin is underway.
Drivers and pedestrians are urged to avoid the historic district of Fort Bragg until further notice. The base is not under lockdown.
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