Soldier Kills Commander at Fort Bragg

Alleged gunman shot himself, now in custody
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2012 11:53 PM CDT
Updated Jun 29, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
Soldier Kills Commander at Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg has the highest population of any military base in the country, with 55,000 military members and 8,000 civilians.   (Getty Images)

A soldier in the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade shot his battalion commander dead at Fort Bragg yesterday before shooting and injuring himself. The soldier broke out of formation during a safety briefing to shoot the commander, a defense official tells ABC. A third soldier was slightly injured. The shooter is in custody and is listed as being in serious condition.

"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," a spokesman for the North Carolina base says. "Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident.” Special agents from the Army’s Criminal Investigation team are investigating. (More Fort Bragg stories.)

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