QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - The commander at Marine Corps. Base Quantico in northern Virginia says a shooting in which a Marine killed a male and female colleague before killing himself was isolated to a single building.
Base commander Col. David W. Maxwell told reporters Friday that authorities were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Thursday where they found one person dead at a barracks. They later found a second victim dead, along with the body of the suspected shooter, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A base spokesman initially described the situation as a standoff. Maxwell said later in the morning that there was no standoff.
Base spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan later clarified that after the first shooting, police had the shooter "isolated" in a barracks dorm room.
Official release from Marine Base Quantico:
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - A fatal shooting occurred at Officer Candidate School around 11 p.m. on March 21. The Provost Marshals Office responded with assistance from Prince William County police department.
The shooter, an active-duty Marine, has been pronounced dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound by law enforcement at the scene. Two other victims, also active-duty Marines, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The identities of the victims will be withheld until after primary next of kin notification. The incident is under investigation.
Marine Corps Base Quantico has returned to normal operations.
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