Soldier Kills Commander at Fort Bragg
Alleged gunman shot himself, now in custody
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2012 11:53 PM CDT
Updated Jun 29, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
Fort Bragg has the highest population of any military base in the country, with 55,000 military members and 8,000 civilians.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A soldier in the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade shot his battalion commander dead at Fort Bragg yesterday before shooting and injuring himself. The soldier broke out of formation during a safety briefing to shoot the commander, a defense official tells ABC. A third soldier was slightly injured. The shooter is in custody and is listed as being in serious condition.

"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," a spokesman for the North Carolina base says. "Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident.” Special agents from the Army’s Criminal Investigation team are investigating.