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
Shooting Prompts Virginia Marine Base Lockdown
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)

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." (Read more Quantico stories.)

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