FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Military officials at Fort Bragg have confirmed that a soldier shot and killed his superior officer before shooting and wounding himself. A third soldier was wounded as well.
Fort Bragg officials have not released the identities of the soldiers involved or motives for the Thursday shooting, which occurred at the North Carolina military installation at about 3:30 p.m.
According to Col. Kevin Arata, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer, during a unit safety brief, a soldier shot the superior officer and then turned the weapon on himself. A third soldier was also wounded by a ricocheting bullet, according to CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. The incident remains under investigation.
"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," Arata said yesterday. "Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident."
Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer Col. Kevin Arata said the soldiers are from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
The shooter is in custody. Officials say they are still in the process of notifying next of kin.
Fort Bragg is home to the 82nd Airborne Division, the 18th Airborne Corps and Special Operations Forces.