Army: Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself 

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  • Security guards open a gate for motorist at the visitor entrance to Fort Lee, Va., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. A female soldier with a gun inside a key building at a Virginia Army base turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as the heavily trafficked base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning
A commanding general at a Virginia Army base says a soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office, then shot herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons says the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects. Fort Lee temporarily went on lockdown while she was barricaded on the third floor of the four-story building that is headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command. Lyons says about 1,100 people were inside the building.

The Army did not identify the soldier or give her condition. She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. No other injuries were reported.

Lyons says she's a sergeant 1st class who's been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. He says her gun wasn't a service weapon.

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