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Fort Lee Identifies Soldier Who Died After Shooting Herself In The Head

Updated: Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker had served in Iraq and won multiple awards from the Army. She died on Aug. 25 after shooting herself at the Fort Lee army base in Virginia.

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A 33-year-old soldier, Paula Walker, died on Aug. 25 after shooting herself at the Fort Lee army base in Virginia.

• The Fort Lee army base was on lockdown after a solider with a gun was reported at the CASCOM HQ building at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug 25. • The soldier, later identified as Paula Walker, died after reportedly shooting herself in the head. No one else was injured. • Walker had toured Iraq and had received several awards from the Army. • The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the incident.


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Fort Lee identified the solider as 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker.

Walker was a human resources specialist stationed at Fort Lee since December 2011, Fort Lee said in a statement issued Wednesday.

She served on active duty for nearly 14 years and had toured Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2008.

Walker had received several awards and decorations including three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, one Joint Meritorious Unit Award and four Army Good Conduct Medals.

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The soldier died after allegedly shooting herself in the head.

The soldier was pronounced dead at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center Monday after she reportedly shot herself in the head, according to a Fort Lee press release.

Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident.

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The unidentified soldier was in the army for 14 years, and at Fort Lee for three.

She was a sergeant 1st class. Her gun was not a service weapon, an army official told the Associated Press.

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Soldier shot herself in the head after going on a rampage inside an office, an army official said.

According to a commanding general, the armed soldier barricaded herself in an office on the third floor of the four-story building, the Associated Press reported. There were around 1,100 people inside the building.

The soldier went on a rampage, throwing objects inside the office before shooting herself in the head, said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons.

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Shooter identified as female soldier. She was injured after turning the weapon on herself.

A female soldier with a gun was reported inside the CASCOM HQ at 9 a.m. Monday.

Early reports indicate she turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, according to a Fort Lee press release. She was transported to the VirginiaCommonwealth University Medical Center.

Her condition is not known at this time.

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Shooter did not wound anyone, says Pentagon spokeswoman.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said the shooter did not wound anyone, the Associated Press reported. Shooter's status is unknown.

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Officials have given the all clear around 40 minutes after an active shooter was reported.

Officials are telling the community to resume normal activities, NBC12 News reported.

The shooter was reported at the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) building.

The daily population of Fort Lee averages about 34,000 and is home to hundreds of military families.

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Fort Lee army base in Virginia reported an active shooter incident Monday morning.

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