More details regarding the workplace shooting victim at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on Monday morning have been made public.
Plum, Pennsylvania native Sgt. Nathan Hillman, who specialized in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, was killed in the attack. On Monday morning, just before 10:00 a.m., an incident happened in a complex occupied by Hillman’s unit, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
The criminal Investigation Division of the Army has taken the suspect into custody at the scene and is investigating. The suspect may or may not have meant to shoot more soldiers.
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As of late Tuesday afternoon, authorities still had not revealed the suspect’s identity, rank, or unit.
On Monday, Command Sgt. Maj. Jaime Lopez, the brigade’s senior noncommissioned officer, informed the unit members that the suspect was a soldier who had taken a weapon into the unit building and shot an NCO. A unit member who spoke to Army Times about the announcement requested anonymity.
Colonel Ethan Diven, Hillman’s brigade commander, called the sergeant’s passing “tragic and unexpected.” He also said that the instruction would help authorities catch the killer.
Diven added in a statement that accompanied the release, “With profound grief, our hearts are with the Families and units involved in this catastrophe.” One of our top priorities is helping the families and soldiers who have been affected.
Hillman joined the Army in February 2015, and the garrison communications director, Kevin Larson, says he has already served one tour in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. Two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and the Air Assault Badge were among Hillman’s many individual distinctions and decorations. As of July 2021, he served with the 2nd ABCT at Fort Stewart.