Fort Lee Army base gives all clear after ‘active shooter’ incident

It was all over in less than 30 minutes.


Eric Geller

Internet Culture

Published Aug 25, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:27 pm CDT

A U.S. Army base in central Virginia briefly went on lockdown after an ‘active shooter’ situation, the base has announced via social media Monday morning. Reports now indicate that personnel have been given the all clear.

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Active shooter incident reported at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020. All personnel enact active shooter protocols immediately. Post on lockdown.

— U.S. Army Fort Lee (@ArmyFortLee) August 25, 2014

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BREAKING UPDATE: All clear given at Fort Lee after active shooter incident.

— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) August 25, 2014

The active shooter was reported to be in Building 5020 of the base at Fort Lee. Building 5020 is the headquarters for the facility, according to the Associated Press.

Fort Lee is the headquarters of the United States Army Combined Arms Support Command, which its website describes as “the Army’s sustainment think tank and premier learning institution, delivering game-changing professionals and solutions.” Almost two hundred thousand students train at CASCOM every year.

Just last Thursday, Fort Lee implemented a new system for warning base personnel of emergency situations.

Update: Ft. Lee has confirmed the all clear on its Facebook page:

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Update 2: An Army spokesperson told NBC News that the shooter had been wounded. According to military officials, the shooter was a female soldier who “turned [a] gun on herself” and fired a single shot. No other injuries have been reported.

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This story is developing. We will update as more information becomes available.

Photo via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 25, 2014, 10:13 am CDT