A Marine is in custody after shooting a fellow Marine dead at the main gate of Camp Lejeune yesterday afternoon, the military says. A spokesman for the North Carolina base says both men were on guard duty when the Marine shot his fellow sentry inside a guard shack, Stars and Stripes reports. The victim was killed by a single shot to the chest from an M4 rifle. The spokesman says the shooting, which is being probed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, was an "isolated incident" and is not being considered an act of terrorism.
There were other guards on hand and at "no time was the base ever on lockdown," a Lejeune spokesman says, stressing that the incident was very different from last week's Fort Hood shooting, reports the AP. "We understand that people are at a state of heightened sensitivity, given what happened over at Fort Hood," he says. "It's important that we convey that this is not a Fort Hood-like incident. It was an isolated incident that's no longer active."