Wednesday 18 October 2017

Two dead after shooting at US base

Two people have been killed in a shooting at a Marines base
Two people have been killed in a shooting at a Marines base

Three people, including the gunman, have been killed in a shooting at Marine Base Quantico in the US state of Virginia.

The incident began at 11pm local time on Thurssday night with a shooting which left one person dead, said Lieutenant Agustin Solivan.

That shooting led to a stand-off between authorities and the gunman, who was barricaded in barracks at the base.

Authorities entered the barracks early on Friday and found the attacker dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, along with a second victim. Lt Solivan could not say what prompted authorities to enter the barracks.

No names were immediately released but Lt Solivan said the gunman and both victims were Marines. Authorities believe the gunman was a staff member at the officer candidate school at the base, Lt Solivan said.

The base was put on lock-down after the shooting, but that was lifted early on Saturday.

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