Marine Kills 2 Hostages, Self At Base In Virginia

Source: Jim Michaels and Doug Stanglin / USA Today

A Marine shot and killed two fellow Marines at a barracks near Washington, D.C., late Thursday and early Friday then took his own life, according to the commander of Marine Corps Base Quantico.

All three, including a male and a female hostage, were active duty Marines assigned to the Officer Candidate School, according to Col. David Maxwell, the base commander.

“This is truly a tragic loss again for the Marine Corps, which has had a number of tragic losses in the last couple of weeks,” he said.

The shooting came four days after seven Marines were killed when a mortar exploded during a training exercise Monday night at a training facility and Army munitions depot in Nevada.

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