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Soldier dies after shooting herself on Va. base

Army Major General Stephen Lyons addressed a news conference at the base in Fort Lee, Va.

Steve Helber/AP

Army Major General Stephen Lyons addressed a news conference at the base in Fort Lee, Va.

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command’s headquarters in Virginia.

Fort Lee officials said the solider was pronounced dead Monday after being taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. No other injuries were reported in the morning shooting.

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Officials say the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects. Fort Lee temporarily went on lockdown while she was barricaded in the headquarters for the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command.

About 1,100 people were inside the building as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.

Officials said the soldier was a sergeant 1st class who'd been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. Officials say her gun wasn’t a service weapon.

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