FORT STEWART, Ga. – An Army soldier is accused of fatally shooting a sergeant at a Georgia military base on Monday, authorities said.
Spc. Shay A. Wilson, 28, of Cambria Heights, New York, was identified as the shooter on Friday by officials at Fort Stewart, WJCL-TV reported. He was charged in a military court with murder in the shooting death of Sgt. Nathan Hillman, 30, of Plum, Pennsylvania.
Wilson was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, according to a statement by Fort Stewart officials. Hillman was assigned to the same unit.
Officials said in a statement that Wilson used a privately owned gun to shoot Hillman at the 2nd Brigade’s building complex, Army Times reported. The specialist was “quickly subdued” by other soldiers in the “immediate area,” Fort Stewart officials said.
Wilson has no deployments and no awards or decorations, WJCL reported.
Hillman was a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist, according to the television station. He had deployed once to Afghanistan and was awarded two Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals, WCAU-TV reported.
Hillman joined the 2nd Brigade at Fort Stewart in July 2021, according to the television station.
“On Monday morning, the Spartan Family lost one of our own in a tragic and unexpected way,” Col. Ethan J. Diven, commander of the “Spartan Brigade,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement. “With deepest sorrow our hearts are with the families and units involved in the incident. Providing support to the impacted families and soldiers is our first priority. We are working closely with the Fort Stewart military police and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.”
Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson declined on Tuesday to give further details, citing the active criminal investigation, WCAU reported.
Wilson is currently being held in the Liberty County jail, according to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.
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