UPDATED: Three Marines dead after shooting at Quantico – INSIDENOVA.COM: Crime & Police


quantico crossroadsThree Marines are dead after a shooting late Thursday night at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Calling the incident “truly a tragic loss,” during a briefing early Friday morning, base commander Col. David Maxwell said officials received the first 911 call around 10:30 p.m.

Military police responded to Taylor Hall, part of the Officer Candidate School, and did not hear any more gunshots. They, along with Prince William County police officers, surrounded the building as they assessed the situation, according to Maxwell.

“There was not a standoff or barricades,” Maxwell said.

Residents were told to stay inside their homes and the base was under Force Protection Delta, meaning all base operations halt except for security.

READ MORE: Full transcript of Friday morning’s press briefing

Delta is the highest level under four terrorist threat levels used by military bases. Officials found the Marine dead at the scene “of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Solivan said. Two other Marines, a male and a female, were also pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released, and won’t be for 24 hours pending notification of their families.

Maxwell said all three were personnel assigned to the Officer Candidate School.

Quantico employed its “Giant Voice System,” a public address system, to notify people on base about the emergency and warn them to stay inside their homes. But at 11 p.m., confusion reigned, as many couldn’t understand what was being said.

“No one can understand the public address system on base! There is an active shooter, and all the PA keeps spitting out is mumbled words! Someone needs to fix that, and fix that NOW!” one poster wrote on the base Facebook page.

“We could not hear that announcement? What’s going on??” wrote another.

At 2:30 a.m., a Code Green, meaning a return to normal activities, was issued for the base.

Maxwell said military chaplains are helping Marines and their families to deal with the shooting and asked for continued support from everyone in the community.

The shooting, described as an “isolated incident,” remains under investigation, 1st Lt. Agustin Solivan said.

The Town of Quantico police department reported several residents called to report hearing gunshots near 3rd Avenue not long after the shooting was reported on base.

“A search of the area met with negative results, and the reports did not prove to be directly related to the events that occurred on the installation,” town police officials said Friday morning.

Anyone with information regarding the gunfire in the town of Quantico are encouraged to contact its police department a 703-640-7411.

Stay with InsideNoVa.com and our Facebook page for updates, and sign up for our breaking news alerts here.Three Marines are dead after a shooting late Thursday night at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Calling the incident “truly a tragic loss,” during a briefing early Friday morning, base commander Col. David Maxwell said officials received the first 911 call around 10:30 p.m.

Military police responded to Taylor Hall, part of the Officer Candidate School, and did not hear any more gunshots. They, along with Prince William County police officers, surrounded the building as they assessed the situation, according to Maxwell.

“There was not a standoff or barricades,” Maxwell said.

Residents were told to stay inside their homes and the base was under Force Protection Delta, meaning all base operations halt except for security.

READ MORE: Full transcript of Friday morning’s press briefing

Delta is the highest level under four terrorist threat levels used by military bases. Officials found the Marine dead at the scene “of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Solivan said. Two other Marines, a male and a female, were also pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released, and won’t be for 24 hours pending notification of their families.

Maxwell said all three were personnel assigned to the Officer Candidate School.

Quantico employed its “Giant Voice System,” a public address system, to notify people on base about the emergency and warn them to stay inside their homes. But at 11 p.m., confusion reigned, as many couldn’t understand what was being said.

“No one can understand the public address system on base! There is an active shooter, and all the PA keeps spitting out is mumbled words! Someone needs to fix that, and fix that NOW!” one poster wrote on the base Facebook page.

“We could not hear that announcement? What’s going on??” wrote another.

At 2:30 a.m., a Code Green, meaning a return to normal activities, was issued for the base.

Maxwell said military chaplains are helping Marines and their families to deal with the shooting and asked for continued support from everyone in the community.

The shooting, described as an “isolated incident,” remains under investigation, 1st Lt. Agustin Solivan said.

The Town of Quantico police department reported several residents called to report hearing gunshots near 3rd Avenue not long after the shooting was reported on base.

“A search of the area met with negative results, and the reports did not prove to be directly related to the events that occurred on the installation,” town police officials said Friday morning.

Anyone with information regarding the gunfire in the town of Quantico are encouraged to contact its police department a 703-640-7411.

Stay with InsideNoVa.com and our Facebook page for updates, and sign up for our breaking news alerts here.

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