Three Marines Dead, Including Suspect, at Virginia Marine Base

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Hemera/Thinkstoc(QUANTICO, Va.) — Three Marines are dead after a shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

The suspected shooter, a male Marine, was killed from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound when authorities found his body inside a barracks building near the Officer Candidate School early Friday morning, Lt. Agustin Solivan told ABC News. 

The suspect has been identified as a staff member at the Officer Cadet School, according to Solivan.

The gunfire started at 11 p.m. Thursday when the suspected gunman killed a male Marine, who was also a staff member at the Officer Cadet School, Solivan said.  The suspect barricaded himself inside the barracks, setting off a standoff with authorities, which prompted a lockdown of the base.

Solivan said Prince William County Police and military officials “isolated” the alleged gunman in the barracks.

When authorities entered the barracks, they found a female Marine dead in the barracks, Solivan said.  Solivan could not say what prompted authorities to enter the barracks or specify her classification.

The lockdown of the base was lifted shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.

“Marine Corps Base Quantico is Code Green at this time.  All normal activities are cleared to resume,” Quantico said on Twitter.

The identities of the victims will be withheld until the victims’ families are notified, the base said in a statement.

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