A soldier has been charged with murder in last week’s fatal shooting of a sergeant at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
Fort Stewart officials identified the suspected shooter as Spc. Shay A. Wilson, 28, of Cambria Heights, New York, Military.com reported. A military court has charged Wilson with murdering Sgt. Nathan Hillman, 30, of Plum, Pennsylvania.
Wilson is still in Army custody, according to Military.com. Previous reporting indicated he was being held by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division.
Hillman was the only victim in the shooting, which took place just before 10 a.m. in the fort’s complex for the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
In a statement, officials said Wilson shot Hillman with a privately owned gun in the fort’s complex for the 2nd ABCT, which they both served in, Military.com reported. He was subdued by fellow soldiers, who detained him while authorities arrived, officials said.
Wilson’s rank, specialist, is two ranks below Hillman’s rank of sergeant, according to Military-ranks.org.
Hillman, who joined the Army in 2015, had been part of the 2nd ABCT since July 2021 and was a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist. His commendations included two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and the Air Assault Badge, according to a statement reported by Army Times.
In a statement, Hillman’s brigade commander, Col. Ethan Diven, said the killing was “tragic and unexpected.”
“With deepest sorrow our hearts are with the Families and units involved in the incident,” Diven stated. “Providing support to the impacted Families and Soldiers is our first priority.”
Georgia’s Fort Stewart is the Army’s largest installation east of the Mississippi River, according to Military.com. It’s home to the 2nd ABCT’s parent, the 3rd Infantry Division, whose soldiers have received more Medals of Honor – 61 – than any other Army division.