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Captain in stable condition after Fort Sam shooting

Jun. 11, 2013 - 05:50PM   |  
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Suspect charged in shooting

Prosecutors have filed a federal criminal complaint against a man suspected of shooting his wife on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Alvin Roundtree was in custody Tuesday and his wife was in stable condition at a military hospital.
Federal prosecutors have charged him with domestic violence and Roundtree is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on Thursday.
If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

SAN ANTONIO — An instructor at the Army Medical Department Center and School remained in stable condition Tuesday after a shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The woman, an active-duty Army captain who taught in one of the officer courses, was shot multiple times, AMEDD Center and School spokesman Phil Reidinger said.

The suspected shooter, believed to be a retired sergeant major, is in custody, said Brent Boller, spokesman for Fort Sam Houston.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, the suspect, dressed in civilian clothes, walked into the victim’s office and the two got into an argument, Boller said. The victim asked the suspect to walk with her to a nearby veranda outside; that is when she was shot, he said.

The suspect then fled the scene, ditched a handgun, got into a car and drove off, Boller said.

He made contact with the San Antonio Police Department through his attorney and was arrested shortly afterward, Boller said.

The victim, 46, is believed to be the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, Reidinger said.

The shooting occurred outside Willis Hall, one of two buildings where the AMEDD Center and School is housed, Reidinger said.

“Fortunately for the captain, since she was in a classroom area, there were plenty of medical personnel nearby,” he said. “That’s where we teach [physician assistants], and we have doctors and nurses on staff. They were able to provide immediate aid until the ambulance arrived.”

Chaplains assigned to the center and school immediately provided critical incident stress debriefings to the first responders and those in the immediate area of the incident, Reidinger said. There are additional behavioral health support meetings with staff members today, he added.

Fort Sam Houston and the more than 30,000 people on post at the time were put on lockdown “immediately” after the shots were fired, Boller said. The lockdown lasted until about 3:40 p.m., after the suspect, who was still on post, was taken into custody, Boller said.

“The active shooter plan worked exactly like it was supposed to,” he said, citing cooperation between military officials and local authorities.

The victim is being treated at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

The suspect is expected to face federal charges because the incident occurred on post. The FBI and Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident.

To his knowledge, the last time a similar incident occurred on Fort Sam Houston was in 1993, Reidinger said. A disgruntled civilian employee took his supervisor hostage. It was a daylong standoff until police were able to negotiate the hostage’s release. No one was hurt, Reidinger said.

Reidinger praised the response to Monday’s shooting — from the immediate call to shelter in place and the ensuing lockdown, to the care provided by medical personnel on the scene.

“Everyone did what they were supposed to do,” he said.

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