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Post shooting was public suicide
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At approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday, a soldier from 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot at the Fort Stewart Behavioral Health Clinic this morning.

Although agents from Army CID are continuing the investigation, there is no evidence of foul play associated with his death at this time, according to post spokesman Lt. Col. Jeffrey Allen.

Immediately upon hearing a gunshot in the clinic at about 9:30 a.m., personnel in the building called 911. Army medics on the scene began performing life-saving measures until emergency services arrived.

The soldier was taken by ambulance to Winn Army Community Hospital and later to Savannah Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The weapon used is currently in the possession of law enforcement officials, and is confirmed to be privately owned and not a service weapon.

Allen said the leadership of Fort Stewart are deeply saddened and wish to express their sincere condolences to the friends and family of this 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.

Counselors are working with all those present during this morning's incident. The leadership is fully committed to taking care of our soldiers and families, and encourages anyone needing assistance to seek help as soon as possible.

The name of the soldier will not be available until after next-of-kin notification is complete.

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