Three U.S. Marines are dead after a shooting at the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia overnight Thursday into Friday. A Marine, shot and killed two Marines and then turned the gun on himself after barricading himself inside a building on base for several hours, according to the Washington Post on Friday, March 22, 2013.
The shootings happened at about 11 p.m. on Thursday at a school for officer candidates, which is located on the Quantico base. When Marines from the Provost Marshal's office and officers from the Prince Williams Police Department responded to the scene, they found the two active duty Marines dead from gunshot wounds. It is believed that the gunman is a staff member at the school, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Friday morning. The names of the three Marines have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
The base was put on lockdown for several hours as authorities were held at bay by the gunman who had barricaded himself inside a barracks on base. The Twitter page for Quantico describes the shooting as “an isolated shooting,” which was posted at 1:45 a.m. Friday morning. The message also asked that personnel on the base stay inside behind locked doors. Another message was posted to Twitter saying that the lockdown was lifted at 2:45 a.m. Friday, stating “all normal activities are cleared to to resume.”
“Fox and Friends” report that there's no apparent motive for these shootings as of yet. The investigation is continuing today.