March 22nd, 2013
06:05 AM ET

Shooting at Quantico Marine base leaves 3 dead, including gunman

By Alison Harding and Shannon Travis, CNN

A shooting that prompted a lockdown for hours at a Marine base in Virginia ended with three dead early Friday, including the gunman, authorities said.

Sgt. Christopher Zahn said they were notified of the shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico late Thursday.

One person was fatally shot, and the gunman barricaded himself not far from where the victim was found, he said.

Using a public address system, police announced a base lockdown as the shooter holed up in a room in barracks near the first incident.

Law enforcement officials from the base and Prince William County surrounded the area.

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  1. CMI

    So we had platoons of combat marines hidinng under their racks and locked in their dorms because of one armed attacker! If I were the local police and you call me to take on a crazy US marine.....I think I tell you to handle it "in house."

    March 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  2. not again

    we must disarm the armed forces- ban those assault weapons!

    March 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • 1371usmc

      You are living proof that a empty can rattles the most.

      March 24, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
    • Pandamonius

      If anything, I'd say this is proof that the NRA's stance that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" is just a load of B.S.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  3. saeed

    usa is finished china is the new superpower so obama soon your dead irish mother is going to get raped from Xi Jinping.

    March 22, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • SayanIndia

      A rotten element has arrived at the blog; definitely of ‘Paki’ flavour (I am not sure however).


      March 22, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
      • saeed

        your right im from lahore pakistan zindabad.

        March 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Redneck Canuck

      Of all the places in the world that are most likely to feel the love from the west though the express delivery of a nuclear weapon it is Pakistan.

      May you feel the warmth upon your flesh leaves as your soul is erased from memory.

      March 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  4. SayanIndia

    It is possibly a case of psychological stress of insurmountable proportions.


    March 22, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • 1371usmc

      Just a guess here but since their are two males and one female this was a relationship gone bad. Even Marines have passions.

      March 23, 2013 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • SecretSquirrel

      I'm inclined to agree with the engineer. This sounds like a case of contested tail.

      March 23, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  5. len Plummer

    there is no such thing as angels. It is natural selection for human beings to kill. Therefore its natural selection to arm yourself, to allow yourself to be ready to abort a weaker human, that could force his weakness upon you in the form of murder.

    March 22, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  6. wjmccartan

    Did these bozos get so kill crazy that they turned on each other? It appears that some guys are so aggressive that they're not fit for military service. At any rate, there is no glory in killing!

    March 22, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • RetiredVet

      Since you have never served in the military, you know nothing about it. NCIS (not the tv show) is investigating the murder-suicide, until the investigation is over we should honor the US Marines that got murdered in Quantico.Not make stupid commentaries like yours.

      March 22, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Thank you for your input, wjmccartan. Like you and I both said, there is absolutely no glory in killing, none at all!!!

      March 22, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • 1371usmc

        Your right their is no glory in killing what so ever but, some times it is necessary

        March 27, 2013 at 5:23 am |
  7. Bangash

    This EX US president Eisenhower had predicted in his last address to the nation. He had warned Americans of rising military industries as according to him rising manufacturing of weapons will necessitate manufacture of reason for its use as well which will ultimately disturb peace at home and abroad. Today neither America is safe nor the world and we see That America as a state is behind all wars in the world while at home same military personnel are killing colleagues in the base. Open gun running in American society has led to killing of little angels in a school in Connecticut which indicate that no body is safe in America. This militant approach in global and domestic fronts has always caused loss which needed Change before it reach the point of no return.

    March 22, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Thank you, Bangash. I couldn't have said it better!

      March 22, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
      • Bangash

        Thank you George Patton-2 for support

        March 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • 1371usmc

      Keep your head up your ass and let the real men protect the innocent.

      March 23, 2013 at 5:15 am | Reply
      • Kerry

        Such a comment is to be expected from someone like you with your obvious limitations, 1371usmc! You sound like another hillbilly Tea Partier from the South. Are you?

        March 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
      • Pandamonius

        Real men actually come up with real arguments. Sounds like you are the one with the head-location issue.

        April 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm |

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