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Soldier Shot Dead at Fort Bragg Army Base, Two Wounded

Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 09:37 PM

A U.S. soldier killed a member of his unit during a safety briefing at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Thursday, then shot and injured himself, the Army base said in a statement.

The injured gunman is in custody, and Fort Bragg military police secured the scene within minutes, a spokesman for the base said. A third soldier was slightly injured by the gunfire.

None of the soldiers was immediately identified.

NBC reports the dead soldier was a battalion commander. The victim is from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, a unit that conducts reconnaissance and intelligence.

“This is a tragedy for our community,” Col. Kevin Arata, spokesman for Fort Bragg, said during a press conference. “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.”

 

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