Fort Lewis, Wash. – The man who was involved in today’s shooting at the Fort Lewis Main Post Exchange died at Madigan Army Medical Center shortly before 4 p.m. The man is a 59-year-old retired Soldier from Lakewood. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1992. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The FBI has assumed jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation with joint participation from Fort Lewis law enforcement and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID).
The shooting at the Fort Lewis Main Post Exchange occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m.
A civilian woman who was a vendor who worked at a kiosk at Main Post Exchange was been pronounced dead after being evacuated to Madigan Army. She was not an Army Air Force Exchange (AAFES) employee. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Preliminary indications are the man shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself. No more than five shots were fired, and only one handgun was used. The shooting occurred in the corridor area inside the Post Exchange, but not in the main store area. The man had a gunshot wound to the head.
We express our condolences to the families of those involved in this terrible incident.
Fort Lewis Military Police have secured the scene and people in the area have been evacuated.
The Fort Lewis Main Post Exchange is closed and is expected to remain so for at least the rest of the day.
Fort Lewis works hard to provide a safe and secure environment for our Soldiers and their families, civilians who work here daily, and for military retirees and other visitors to the post.
Fort Lewis law enforcement commended the quick reaction by PX employees to quickly evacuate the facility without additional injuries. The Fort Lewis chaplaincy also responded within minutes of the incident to provide counseling.