An Army civilian employee was killed on Wednesday during a shooting that took place in a parking lot outside the headquarters for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox near Louisville, Ky. After the human resources employee was shot, there was a temporary lockdown of the base.
The victim was taken to the Ireland Army Community Hospital on the base, where he was pronounced dead. The name of the deceased man is being withheld for 24 hours out of respect for his family.
The incident happened a little before 6 p.m. Fort Knox police received a 911 call and quickly responded to the scene. After police arrived at the parking lot, the lockdown was initiated. It lasted for about an hour although the base remained on enhanced security statues even after the lockdown was lifted, according to ABC News.
The Army does not believe that the shooting happened by chance. "Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence," Command spokesman Chris Grey said.
The base is home to about 40,000 soldiers and houses multiples large commands such as the Army Recruiting Command and the Army Human Resources Command. The base is nearby, but not the same as, the U.S. Bullion Depository which holds much of the country’s gold reserves. That facility is often called "Fort Knox."