A U.S. Marine sergeant at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia shot and killed a male corporal and a female lance corporal before turning the gun on himself, on Thursday.
It appears that the senseless killing was centered around a romantic entanglement; however, it is unclear why it led to murder and suicide.
Marine Corps spokesman Agustin Solivan stated, “The suspected gunman shot one Marine, then barricaded himself inside the staff barracks area.”
“When police entered the barracks early Friday, officers found two more bodies, including that of the gunman. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Solivan added.
All three Marines were staff members at the school, and the sergeant worked as a trainer, officials said. The names of the shooter and victims have not been released as they are pending notification of next of kin.
“We have begun to deal with the tremendous loss that happened last night, and on behalf of Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Officer Candidate School, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families, the friends…of the three Marines that we lost last night,” Col. David Maxwell, the base commander, told reporters Friday morning.