Fort Jackson trainee in critical condition after suffering gunshot wound Friday, identified

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– A Fort Jackson trainee suffering from a gunshot wound on Friday, January 29th, has been identified. Officials say 17 year old Pvt. Abraham Koh, an active duty trainee from Los Banos, California, is at a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is in critical condition. Koh is assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment.

No other trainees or cadre were injured in the incident.

Trainees on Fort Jackson were given the opportunity to communicate their well-being to family. “Pvt. Koh’s well-being, recovery, and focused support to his family during this trying time remains paramount,” said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr. “The brigade and battalion command teams will continue to provide them and Pvt. Koh’s teammates help and comfort as his peers continue their training journey to being soldiers.”


Officials with Fort Jackson say a trainee was evacuated by Emergency Medical Services after suffering a gunshot wound while preparing for training on Friday. Officials say the trainee’s unit is conducting a pause in training while providing support for cadre and trainees as they deal with the effects of the experience.

“It is dreadfully unfortunate to apprise the community about a very serious injury to one of our trainees in basic combat training today,” said Fort
Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr. “Very grateful for the critical care and services provided by EMS and medical professionals today, as we continue to provide support to the trainee’s family and teammates.”

A spokesperson for Fort Jackson says trainees will be given time to contact their families and let them know they’re okay.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

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