3 Marines Dead in Virginia Base Shooting

Suspect among dead; was Quantico base staffer

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 22, 2013 1:35 AM CDT | Updated Mar 22, 2013 7:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Marine killed two fellow Marines and then himself at a Virginia base last night, the AP reports. Authorities say it was an isolated incident, probably triggered by a relationship dispute at the Quantico base, reports NBC News. Two males and a female are dead. The shooter killed his male victim first, then seized his female victim before killing her and himself inside the barracks, says a base spokesman. Earlier reports that the shooter had barricaded himself in a standoff were untrue, says the base commander. All three were staffers at the camp's Officer Candidate School, reports the Washington Post.

“This is truly a tragic loss for the Marine Corps, which has had a number of tragic losses in the last couple of weeks," added the commander. "It's been a long night."

In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, Japan's defense minister views the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.
In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, Japan's defense minister views the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
Quantico spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan briefs reporters.
Quantico spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan briefs reporters.   (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
This image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows snow covering one of Marine Corps Base Quantico’s signs.
This image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows snow covering one of Marine Corps Base Quantico’s signs.   (AP Photo/US Marine Corps, Cpl. Antwaun L. Jefferson)
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