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April 9, 2014

Marine guard killed by colleague

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A Marine posted at the main gate of a North Carolina base shot and killed a colleague inside a guard shack Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy said the shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. Law enforcement and emergency personnel attempted to revive the shooting victim at the scene, but Fahy said the person was later pronounced dead at a base hospital.

Fahy said the Marine who fired the shot from his M4 rifle was in custody and awaiting questioning by Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

The name of the shooter, who Fahy said was a male, hasn’t been released, and Fahy said the victim’s name is being withheld until relatives are notified. No one else was hurt.

The shack is approximately 15-feet by 15-feet and sits under a canopy, Fahy said. He didn’t know if anyone other than the two Marines involved in the shooting were inside the shack at the time.

Fahy said the main gate remained open after the shooting. He said authorities isolated the area, and when it was determined the situation was secure, traffic was allowed to pass.

“At no time was the base ever on lockdown,” Fahy said.

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