Military investigates Marine shooting death at North Carolina base

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 09, 2014 12:53 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine sentry was in custody on Wednesday as military law enforcement officials investigated a shooting that left a fellow sentry dead at a base in North Carolina a day earlier, a base spokesman said.

A sentry at Camp Lejeune discharged an M4 rifle on Tuesday evening, killing another sentry with a single shot to the chest inside the guard shack at the main gate of the base, said Marine Captain Joshua Smith.

The military has not released the identities of either Marine, and Smith said investigators were withholding information about possible criminal charges.

The base was not locked down as a result of the shooting, believed to be an isolated incident that was not terrorism-related, he said. Smith said he could not confirm whether the shooting was the result of an accidental discharge.

Last week, a soldier shot and killed three people and wounded 16 at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas before turning the gun on himself. The rampage was the third shooting at a military base in the United States in about six months and raised questions about security at military installations.

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Camp Lejeune, located outside Jacksonville, was founded in 1941 and is home to one Navy and several Marine commands.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna Dickson)