FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) - An Army reservist was shot to death and
another was custody Thursday at a post south of Atlanta that is a
gathering place for area reserve units.
Army spokesman Col. Dan Baggio said the victim died at the U.S.
Army Reserve Center located on Fort Gillem. He could not offer
specifics about the shooting that happened between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
Authorities said they were withholding the names of the soldiers
until they can notify family members, but did say both were men.
Authorities have not determined a motive and it's unclear what
the relationship was between the two men. Nobody else was injured.
Peter Chadwick, a spokesman for Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson,
said it's unclear whether anybody else was inside a building when
the shooting happened or whether any civilians were involved.
Fort Gillem, established in 1943, is one of three Georgia
military bases slated to shut down under a sweeping round of base
closures decided in 2005. Along with nearby Fort McPherson and
Naval Air Station-Atlanta, the 1,427-acre Army post is scheduled to
close next year.
The post includes the headquarters for the U.S. Army Recruiting
Brigade and 1st U.S. Army, which does reserve and National Guard
training east of the Mississippi. It also includes the U.S. Army
and Air Force Exchange Distribution Region and the only Criminal
Investigation Division laboratory in the world.
Chadwick said the reserve center is located on Fort Gillem, but
does not share the same command.
Thursday's shooting followed a bizarre arrest at Fort Gordon
Tuesday. A former national guardsman was caught on the east Georgia
base with a land mine, several grenades and night vision devices,
Anthony Todd Saxon, 34, was charged with impersonating an Army
master sergeant and stealing the infrared laser targeting sight.
It remains unclear what Saxon planned to do with the devices.