A U.S. soldier who fatally shot herself Monday morning was identified as 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, according to a Fort Lee news release.
Walker, a human resources specialist, served at the instillation since 2011.
She was a native of Yonkers, N.Y., according to the release, and started her military career in 2000. She was stationed at Ft. Eustis from 2006 to 2010, it states.
A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol fatally wounded herself after barricading herself in a building at Fort Lee, sparking a lockdown of the Army post near Petersburg on Monday morning, officials said.
The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters about 8:45 a.m. and locked herself in an office. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her.
The woman was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, where she was pronounced dead, post officials said in a statement.
The soldier's identity was not released Monday pending notification of relatives. The motive for the shooting was unknown.
WRIC TV, an ABC affiliate in Richmond, quoted post officials as saying the soldier was a sergeant first class and a 14-year veteran. She had been at Fort Lee for three years.
“We are sad for our soldier in arms that she faced those kinds of challenges that she thought she had to resort to those kind of actions,” Major General Stephen Lyons, the post commander, said at a televised news conference.
Lyons said the soldier went on a “rampage” during talks with police, throwing things around the office and then opening fire, WRIC said. The pistol was a small-caliber handgun and not a service weapon, officials said. The shooting is under investigation.
The post was locked down for less than an hour but the gate near the building where the incident occurred and nearby streets were kept closed, post spokesman Stephen Baker said.
Fort Lee is about 30 miles south of Richmond, near Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and is the Army's third-largest training site, according to the post's website.
Andrea Castillo contributed to this story.