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Commander's Transcript: Quantico shooting

By MCB Quantico Public Affairs Office Staff | Marine Corps Base Quantico | March 22, 2013

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Marines fold a flag in honor of fallen comrades.

Marines fold a flag in honor of fallen comrades. (Photo by Department of Defense Photo)

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Following the fatal shootings on Marine Corps Base Quantico on  March 21, the base commander held a press conference at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on March 22 at 7 a.m.

Col.David W. Maxwell, MCB Quantico base commander:

“Good morning. It has been a long night as we have begun to deal with the tremendous loss which we have suffered last night. On behalf of Marine Corps Base Quantico and Officer Candidates School I want to express my sincere condolences to the families, friends and fellow Marines of the three Marines we lost last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. 
This is a tragic loss for our Marine Corps family.

“Thursday evening’s fatal shooting was confined to Taylor Hall, a single barracks at Officer Candidates School. The quick reaction of our Provost Marshal's Office and Prince William County police enabled us to assess the extent of the situation and to act quickly to resolve it.

“The shooter, an active duty male Marine, was pronounced dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound by law enforcement at the scene. Two other victims, a male and female, both active duty Marines, were pronounced dead at the scene. The three Marines involved in this incident were all permanent personnel assigned to Officer Candidates School. All Candidates are safe and have been accounted for. Additionally, all other OCS personnel are accounted for as well. The identities of the victims will be withheld for 24 hours until after primary next of kin notification.

“At 10:30 p.m. a 9-1-1 call was received by the Provost Marshal's Office. Within five minutes of notification, authorities were on the scene. Authorities did not report hearing any shot or firing any shots. By 11 p.m. Quantico’s security had been heightened and mass notification via the giant voice mass notification system began to pass instruction to base residents and employees. The safety of our Marines, civilian Marines and families aboard Quantico is paramount. At 2:30 a.m. restrictions were lifted and the base returned to normal operations.

“We ask for your patience as we conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. I anticipate a lengthy investigation and I do not anticipate being able to provide any further details of this incident until after we have confirmed the next of kin notification.  

“Our base and unit chaplains are currently providing counseling services to our Marines. The wel-lbeing of our Marines and families aboard Quantico is a priority. As we take care of our Marines and their families who are dealing with this tragedy, I would ask the support of our neighbors, and their thoughts and prayers as well for our Marines and families aboard Quantico.

“Thank you and Semper Fi.”

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  • Jennifer Paddock 1 years 203 days ago
    I am a marine wife and a marine friend too. I would like to send my prayers to all the families.
    God please be with the families.
  • Diane Evans 1 years 205 days ago
    you are all in my prayers
  • RB Redmond 1 years 206 days ago
    Prayers are with you all, and with those who loved and served with the deceased.

    Semper Fi!!!
  • Brenda Wardwell 1 years 206 days ago
    Prayers going up for the family friend and fellow marines. God bless ou all Ho Rah. Sempervivum Fi
  • Christianne Massin 1 years 206 days ago
    My prayers are with the families and friends of the fallen Marines. May God be with you all during this tragic and sad time.
    God Bless.

    Christianne Massin
  • paula 1 years 206 days ago
    my heart goes out to those "Marines" that were shot by (1) of their own. Prayers in my heart, also.

    "Semper Fi"
  • Doc T 1 years 206 days ago
    Such a senseless tragedy. My heart is heavy and sad. My sincere condolences to all who have lost a friend or family member.
    Doc T
  • WEYMOUTH 1 years 206 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and to all of the Marines & family at Quantico. I have family at the base and feel secure in their safty at this facility.
  • kerriann 1 years 206 days ago
    I'm so sorry for the lost of my fellow marines and there families. This a loss for our marines. My thoughts and prayers are with there families.

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