Three dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting

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The commander at Marine Corps. Base Quantico in northern Virginia says a shooting in which a Marine killed a male and female colleague before killing himself was isolated to a single building.

Base commander Col. David W. Maxwell told reporters Friday that authorities were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Thursday where they found one person dead at a barracks. They later found a second victim dead, along with the body of the suspected shooter, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"It's been a long night as we've begun to deal with the tremendous loss that happened last night. And on behalf of Marine Corps Base Quantico and the officer's candidates school, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families, the friends of the three marines that we lost last night," said Col. Maxwell.

A base spokesman initially described the situation as a standoff. Maxwell said later in the morning that there was no standoff.

Base spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan later clarified that after the first shooting, police had the shooter "isolated" in a barracks dorm room.

"As we take care of our Marines and their families that are dealing with this tragedy, I also ask for the support of our neighbors, of the community, and their thoughts and prayers as well for our Marines who have lost their comrades in arms," said Col. Maxwell.

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary George Little:

"Early this morning, the Secretary was saddened to learn of the shootings at Marine Corps Base Quantico. This tragedy, as well as the tragedy in Nevada earlier this week, took the lives of Marines who volunteered to serve their nation. His heart and his prayers are with them and their families. He believes that the legendary strength of the United States Marine Corps will ensure that they are forever remembered."

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