At approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday, a soldier from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division died as a result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot at the Fort Stewart Behavioral Health Clinic earlier that morning.
Although agents from Army CID are continuing the investigation, there is no evidence of foul play associated with his death at this time.
Immediately upon hearing a gunshot in the clinic, personnel in the building called 911. Army medics on the scene began performing life-saving measures until emergency services arrived.
The soldier was transported by ambulance to Winn Army Community Hospital on post and later taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where he was pronounced dead.
The weapon used currently is in the possession of law-enforcement officials and is confirmed to be privately owned and not a service weapon.
The leaders of Fort Stewart expressed condolences to the friends and family of the soldier.
“All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, those who knew, worked beside and loved this soldier. The loss of any soldier is heartbreaking, but to lose one while not deployed is as unexpected as it is tragic,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, commander, 3rd Infantry Division.
According to a news release from Fort Stewart’s Public Affairs Office, counselors are working with those who were present during Friday morning’s incident. The leadership is fully committed to taking care of the soldiers and families and encourages anyone needing assistance to seek help as soon as possible, the release states.
The name of the soldier will not be released until after next-of-kin notification is complete.