Camp Lejeune Shooting: Marine Kills Another Marine in Likely Accident

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 04:25 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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A U.S. Marine remained in custody Wednesday after he was accused of shooting and killing a colleague at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, marking the second shooting at a military base within a week.

"At approximately 5:30 p.m., a Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune's Main Gate discharged an M4 rifle, killing another Marine guard," Camp Lejeune said in a statement on its website. "Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin."

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Naval Criminal Investigative Service is currently investigating the shooting. The base provost marshal did not believe the incident was an act of terrorism or an active shooter event, the statement said.

The Pentagon said it was likely an accident involving "negligent discharge," The Associated Press reported.

The shooter was described by Camp Lejeune military spokesman Nat Fahy as a male but his name has not been released, the AP said.

Fahy told the AP that there were other guards at the gate but no one else was hurt.

The Camp Lejeune shooting happened less than a week after a fatal multiple shooting at Fort Hood in Texas on April 2. There, Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, who took his own life in the shooting, is accused of killing three people and injuring 16 more.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Gray told CNN on Monday that the Fort Hood shooting remained under investigation, confirming Lopez got into a verbal altercation with others at the time of the shooting and fired multiple rounds after the initial altercation.

"We understand that people are at a state of heightened sensitivity, given what happened over at Fort Hood," Fahy said, the AP reported. "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 It was an isolated incident that's no longer active."

Fahy said he did not know if anyone else other than the two Marines connected to the shooting was in the 15-by-15-foot shack at the time of the incident.

Camp Lejeune's main gate remained open after the shooting, but personnel closed off the shooting area, noted the AP.

"At no time was the base ever on lockdown," Fahy added.

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