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UPDATE: Pentagon Says Shooting at NC base likely accidental

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A Pentagon spokesman says the fatal shooting of a Marine on guard duty at a North Carolina base appears to have been an accident.

Department of Defense spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters Wednesday that indications point to a "negligent discharge" as the cause of Tuesday's death in a guard shack at the main gate to Camp Lejeune.

Base spokesman Nat Fahy says it will take several weeks of examination to confirm that the shooting was accidental.

The Marine who fired the single shot from his M4 rifle about 5:30 p.m. remains in custody while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service reviews the incident. He hasn't been publicly identified.

The victim's name won't be made public until at least 24 hours after next-of-kin are notified, following standard military procedure.


Authorities say the victim in a North Carolina base shooting died of a single wound to the chest after efforts to revive him.      

The shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when one Marine on guard duty shot another guard in a guard shack at the main base, said Camp Lejeune base spokesman Nat Fahy.

The Marine who fired the shot is in custody.         

A base news release says the shooting isn't considered an act of terrorism and that the shooting is being called an "isolated incident." The statement from the base said the guard used an M4 rifle to kill the other guard.   

The shooting comes less than a week after a fatal rampage at Fort Hood in Texas. In that shooting, military officials say a soldier went from building to building and opened fire after an argument with other soldiers, killing three people and injuring 16 others before turning the gun on himself. Fahy stressed the difference in the two situations.

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