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Wednesday
Apr032013

Fort Knox Shooting: 1 Army Civilian Employee Dead

File photo of the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex at Fort Knox near Louisville, Ky. A shooting took place in a parking lot located outside the building April 3, 2013. (Fort Knox PAO)(FORT KNOX, Ky.) -- An Army civilian employee was killed Wednesday in a shooting incident at Fort Knox near Louisville, Ky., which prompted a temporary lockdown of the facility.

The shooting took place in a parking lot located outside the headquarters for U.S. Army Human Resources Command, which is located at the base, according to a statement from the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

The victim was a civilian employee of Army Human Resources Command.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the Ireland Army Community Hospital on the base, where he was pronounced dead.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after his family has been notified.

A 911 call was received by the Fort Knox Police at 5:40 p.m. and they responded to the scene within minutes.

The base was placed on a lockdown 10 minutes later that prevented the entry and exit of vehicles onto the base.

The lockdown was lifted an hour later, though the base remained on an enhanced security status.

The incident is being investigated by Army Criminal Investigation Command.

"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence," CID spokesman Chris Grey said in the statement.

Authorities are seeking to speak with a person of interest who may be using a black Yamaha motorcycle for transportation.

Located about 35 miles outside Louisville, the large base is home to 40,000 soldiers and their families.

It houses several large commands like Army Human Resources Command and Army Recruiting Command.

The Army base is separate from the U.S. Bullion Depository, which is located nearby and holds much of the nation's official gold reserves. That facility is also commonly referred to as "Fort Knox."

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