One person was injured and one arrested in a shooting on Fort Stewart, Georgia Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. The shooting took place at the Army photo by Master Sgt. Erick Ritterby.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m. A Fort Stewart soldier died after being shot on Fort Stewart, Georgia, in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team “Spartan Brigade” complex.
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Garrison officials said military police officers arrested a suspected shooter and transferred them to the Army Criminal Investigation Division’s custody.
The victim’s name will be released after the next of kin has been notified, officials said.
Base officials said in a series of public bulletins that emergency services responded to a report of a shooting at the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team “Spartan Brigade” complex at 9:57 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 and arrived on scene at 10:04 a.m.
The Fort Stewart Army Airfield Facebook page was full of messages from family members describing scenes of fear around their loved ones.
"My husband was texting me his goodbyes today as the shooter was next door to his work building," said one commenter.
The Hinesville Police Department posted that a lockdown was lifted just after 11 a.m.
In a 2019 photo, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield first responders participate in a full-scale exercise to test the installation’s preparedness and ability to respond in an emergency. This exercise simulated a downed aircraft at Hunter. The base took part in a similiar emergency drill in November. US Army photo by Christopher Fletcher.
The prepared statement said additional details were unavailable. The event comes just a week after personnel on post went through an exercise that simulated an on-base emergency. Stewart Guardian was held Dec. 5-9 at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. During the exercise, US Army Garrison personnel practiced their response to and recovery from an emergency on the installation.
The exercise was meant to “increase first responder actions across the installation,” according to Kevin Larson, spokesperson for US Army Garrison.
Shootings on military bases are uncommon but not unheard of. Firearms are tightly controlled on bases and are generally not allowed to be brought on bases nor openly carried. Combat units like the Spartans generally keep weapons in their own armories under lock and key and supervised by armorers.
This is an ongoing story and Coffee or Die Magazine will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Noelle is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die through a fellowship from Military Veterans in Journalism. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and interned with the US Army Cadet Command. Noelle also worked as a civilian journalist covering several units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment on Fort Benning, before she joined the military as a public affairs specialist.
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