QUANTICO, Va. - 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.
Maxwell said local authorities and military police, responding around 10:30 p.m. to reports of a gunshot, found a male Marine dead at a barracks.
They later found a second victim dead, along with the body of the suspected shooter, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"This was not a standoff," Maxwell said.
Their identities were being withheld until after next of kin were notified.
The officer candidate school is where Marines go to earn commission as second lieutenants. The base, which is about 37 miles south of Washington, is also home to the FBI's training academy.
By Jim Michaels and Doug Stanglin
The Associated Press