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Civilian employee killed in Fort Knox shooting

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By Sarah Bennett

A U.S. Army civilian employee is dead following a shooting Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot near the Human Resources Command headquarters on Fort Knox.

Agents from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the shooting, which forced the post to enter a full lockdown just before 6 p.m., according to a news release from the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

Fort Knox officials have not released the name of the victim, an HRC employee who was pronounced dead at Ireland Army Community Hospital. According to the release, the name will not be released until 24 hours after family notification.

Public Affairs Officer Kyle Hodges said no one else was injured in the shooting.

The suspect remains at large, and officials said police are searching for a black male, approximately 5-foot-9 with black hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be operating a black Yamaha motorcycle.

According to officials, Fort Knox Police received the 911 call around 5:40 p.m. and responded to the scene within minutes. Ten minutes after the call, Fort Knox closed its gates to all incoming and outgoing traffic.

Officials are investigating the shooting as a “personal incident” and not a “random act of violence,” according to a statement from Chris Grey, spokesman for investigation command.

The FBI field office in Louisville is assisting in the investigation, Special Agent Mary Trotman confirmed Wednesday night.

Hardin County area law enforcement assisted Wednesday night in the search for the person of interest.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at (502) 624-6332 or FortKnox Police at (502) 624-2111.

An hour after the shooting, officials opened Chaffee Gate. However, because of enhanced security, motorists entering or exiting from the main gate likely will experience delays, according to the release.

As of 10 p.m., the Brandenburg Station Road Gate was closed and only outbound lanes at the Wilson Road Gate were open.

Officials said no further information will be released while the investigation is ongoing.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.