In a shooting this afternoon at Fort Bragg, N.C., one Soldier is dead and two are injured. The incident occurred during a unit safety brief.
According to a statement released from Fort Bragg, "During a unit safety brief a Soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third Soldier who was in the area was also slightly wounded in the shooting."
Fort Bragg law enforcement immediately secured the area.
At this point the motive for the shooting is not known, nor is the nature of the injuries of the two wounded Soldiers known. The Soldier killed was the Battalion Commander, and both Soldiers were with the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
MSNBC reported this brigade is a reconnaissance and intelligence unit.
The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. ET, reported the Army Times.
“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.
“Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident,” Arata said.
Special agents with Army Criminal Investigation Command are conducting an investigation.