Fort Knox shooting leaves one civilian dead
An investigation is ongoing in the shooting death of a Fort Knox civilian employee Wednesday. Authorities have said the attack was not random and that they are "investigating a personal incident."
A man who worked as a civilian¬†Army¬†employee was shot to death on Wednesday in a parking lot at the¬†Fort Knox U.S. Army¬†base in¬†Kentucky¬†in an incident that prompted a security lockdown there, officials said.
Authorities said the shooting was "not a random act" and the shooter remained at large on Wednesday night.
The shooting, which came less than two weeks after a U.S. Marine shot dead two colleagues at a¬†Virginia¬†base, occurred on Wednesday afternoon outside the U.S.¬†Army¬†Human Resources Command headquarters, the¬†Army¬†said in a statement.
The victim, an employee of the¬†Army¬†Human Resources Command, was transported by ambulance to¬†Ireland Army Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the¬†Army¬†said.
"Special Agents from the U.S.¬†Army¬†Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence,"¬†Chris Grey, spokesperson for the independent¬†Army¬†investigative agency, said in the statement.
Fort Knox's gates were locked down to all inbound and outbound traffic as a standard security measure, the¬†Army¬†said. The main gate was reopened an hour later.
Mary Trotman, an FBI spokeswoman in¬†Louisville, said two agents were sent to Fort Knox¬†to assist with the probe.
The¬†Army¬†said police were "interested in speaking" with a man who may be using a black Yamaha motorcycle for transportation.
Police in surrounding jurisdictions had earlier been asked by Fort Knox¬†officials to be on the lookout for a man driving a four-door brown car with tinted windows who may have driven off the base, said¬†Bryce Shumate, spokesman for the police department in nearby Radcliff.
The name of the dead man is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification.
The incident came less than two weeks after a U.S. Marine shot two colleagues to death at the Marine Corps base in¬†Quantico,¬†Virginia, before killing himself.
In February, local media reported that a soldier and his wife died of gunshot wounds at their home on the base in what the¬†Army¬†said appeared to be the result of a domestic dispute.