The shooting death of a Camp Lejeune, N.C., gate guard by a fellow Marine Tuesday evening was likely the result of a negligent discharge, according to an official. (Cpl. Damany S. Coleman / Marine Corps)
The shooting death of a Camp Lejeune gate guard by a fellow Marine Tuesday evening was likely the result of a negligent discharge, according to an official at Headquarters Marine Corps, though the incident remains under investigation.
Camp Lejeune officials said the shooting took place just before 5:30 p.m. at the Camp Lejeune main gate. A Marine gate guard shot a fellow gate guard with his M4 service rifle, officials said.
A spokesman for the base, Nat Fahy, said the shooting occurred in the guard shack underneath the gate canopy, and did not take place while the Marines were directing traffic.
The Marine victim sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest, he said, and received emergency care from base Provost Marshal officials who converged on the scene. When fire and emergency personnel arrived, the Marine was taken to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, where he was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m.
The shooter, a male, is in custody of military law enforcement awaiting questioning by Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Fahy said. He has not been identified.
The personnel who responded to the incident isolated the area and directed traffic in the wake of the shooting.
“At no time was the base ever on lockdown,” he said.
Officials quickly confirmed that the shooting was not an act of terrorism or an active-shooter scenario like last week’s deadly rampage at Fort Hood, Texas . Later in the evening, a Marine official said that while Naval Criminal Investigative Service continues to interview witnesses, the shooting was likely not intentional and appears to be the result of a negligent discharge.
The identity of the slain Marine is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, officials said.