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SNIPER KILLS 1, WOUNDS 18 N.C. SOLDIERS

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A sniper opened fire Friday on hundreds of soldiers exercising at Fort Bragg, killing one and wounding 18 others. A soldier stationed at the fort was arrested.

The shooting occurred in foggy conditions about 6:30 a.m. near the entrance to Towle Stadium, where 1,300 members of the elite 82nd Airborne Division were doing calisthenics before starting work.A soldier was arrested, said base spokesman Gene Sexton.

The Army said 19 soldiers were shot, with one dead, 17 taken to Womack Army Hospital and one transferred by ambulance to Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Fog was too thick to make the transfer by air.

It was unclear if the patient sent to Duke was the most seriously injured. "We can't confirm that. We're trying to ascertain that right now," said Staff Sgt. Tim Donahue.

Fort Bragg, which has 43,000 assigned troops, is an open post, which means people can come and go as they please.

The post is heavily wooded, with cleared areas for training, barracks and housing. The shooting occurred in an open field outside Towle Stadium. The gunman apparently fired from a wooded area adjacent to the stadium.

The soldiers were "stretching, possibly getting ready for a jog," when they were fired upon. Donahue said.

"You've literally got tens of thousands of people in gray uniforms out doing PT (physical training) at that time within five miles of each other," said Sgt. 1st Class Dave Schad.