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Soldier killed, two others injured in Fort Bragg shooting

Posted June 28, 2012

— A Fort Bragg soldier was killed and two others, including the gunman, injured Thursday in a shooting on post, officials said.

A soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade shot another member of the unit and then turned the gun on himself outside in a field during a unit safety briefing around 3:30 p.m., public affairs officer Col. Kevin Arata said.

The shooter was in custody Thursday night at undisclosed hospital. A third soldier suffered minor injuries.

Fort Bragg officials have not released the names or ranks of those involved or indicated what might have led to the shooting.

"This is obviously a tragedy for our community," Arata said. "We don’t yet know the reasons for the shooting, but we are working with the unit and the affected families to help them through this difficult period."

Safety briefings typically take place before leave for an extended weekend, and soldiers are not supposed to be armed at them.

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Residents of the communities around Fort Bragg said they were taking news of the shooting death hard.

"It's just a sad situation, because the soldiers are really here to help us," Catherine Rancy, of Spring Lake, said.


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  • TITAN4X4 Jun 29, 2012

    @poohpdoo2002 Great link with lots of info. Why doesn't WRAL update their story with this information?

  • kannr Jun 29, 2012

    dwpmgg - seriously? Do a search and find out how many soldiers actually commit felonies on or off post. They are HIGH PROFILE because soldiers are involved. This is a tragedy for the families, the unit, the extended military family and the community. However, I want you to then look at the felonies committed by civilians in the community...they will far outweigh what happens on or off post by a soldier. And, I'm sorry, but your average civilian does not go through physically and/or emotionally what a soldier goes through, espeically during a time of war.

    God bless the troops involved, the families of those troops, their extended military family and those who are having to investiage, make notifications and assist the families in need.

  • poohpdoo2002 Jun 29, 2012

    Here is an article with www.msnbc.com; the shooter was facing a court martial for stealing a tool box. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/29/12479855-alleged-fort-bragg-shooter-faced-court-martial-discharge-officials-say?lite

  • piene2 Jun 29, 2012

    "Being a Fayetteville Native, my question is will we actually learn the True Details to ease our mind or is our base going to be the next horror movie and now inspire another to randomly shoot?

    Ease your mind? The soldier is in custody. I doubt he will be offered bail so what do you find troubling? Why should there be any fewer shootings on base than in town or anywhere else?

  • rua3fan Jun 29, 2012

    A similar incident occurred in 1995 at Bragg when I was there. A soldier named William Kreutzer, Jr hid in the tree line during the morning P/T session and shot 18 soldiers, killing 1 of those 18. Search him on WIKI for the full story.

  • sarahfoor2009 Jun 29, 2012

    Very sad for the families involved and this can happen anywhere.

  • dwpmgg Jun 29, 2012

    Being a Fayetteville Native, my question is will we actually learn the True Details to ease our mind or is our base going to be the next horror movie and now inspire another to randomly shoot?

  • SoFarFromHome Jun 28, 2012

    This happened at the PX on Ft. Lewis in Washington State back in 2009. Although, it wasn't a soldier who was the shooter. The shooter shot and killed his ex. This world is a sad sad place. May the family of the victim have peace.

  • pappy1 Jun 28, 2012

    Wow. Tying this to Obamacare and the Tea Party folks. Only a bit of a stretch.

  • MitziGaynor Jun 28, 2012

    josephlawrence43...Sure your comment ended up in the wront place. But I am 100% in agreement with you.

    Today my son and his wife are moving off base (Ft. Bragg). Thank God. And God Rest the soul of the victim. A lot of stuff goes down on base, a lot of personal lives get ruined. I've seen a lot of divorces, cheating, back-stabbing for a higher rank. This is really sad to hear.