Authorities say three people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virgina Thursday.
According to Fox News, the shooting is believed to have happened around 10:30 pm Thursday. At that time, a Marine allegedly shot two of his comrades, a man a woman, before turning the gun on himself.
In a post on Facebook, the Quantico Marine base called the incident an “isolated shooting.”
A press release issued early Friday morning, described the alleged shooter as “an active-duty Marine” who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities did not disclose a motive and were investigating the incident. The identities of the victims were being withheld for 24 hours pending notification of next of kin.
“It’s been a long night,” Col David Maxwell, the base commander, said Friday. “As we take care of our Marines and their families that are dealing with this tragedy, I’d also ask for the support of our neighbors, the community, and their thoughts and prayers as well for our Marines who have lost their comrades-in-arms.”
CNN reports that all three victims were active duty Marines assigned to the Officer Candidate School where Marines go to earn commission as second lieutenants.
The Marine Corps Base Quantico, which is about 37 miles south of Washington, is also home to the FBI’s training academy.
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The Quantico shooting is the second deadly incident involving Marines this week.
On Monday, seven Marines were killed and seven others were wounded when a 60-millimeter mortar detonated during a live training drill at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.