A Marine has died from a gunshot wound while on duty at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Corps officials announced on Tuesday.
The incident happened about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a news release from the base. The Marine's name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
Police from Washington, D.C., responded to the scene and the shooting is currently under investigation, the news release says.
"The command's priorities are to take care of the Marine's family and friends," Col. Don Tomich, commanding officer of Marine Barracks, said in the news release. "We want to ensure these personnel are being provided for during this challenging time."
Capt. Colleen McFadden, a spokeswoman for Marine Barracks Washington, declined to say whether or not foul play is suspected in connection with the Marine's death. Nor would she say if the shooting may have been a negligent discharge. No other Marines were injured in the incident, she said.
"The command and the Marines here are cooperating with the investigation team, which is the Metropolitan Police Department, at the time," McFadden told Task & Purpose.
Tuesday marked the second time in six months that a Marine has been shot at Marine Barracks Washington. On June 15, a Marine suffered non-life-threatening injuries from a "self-inflicted gunshot wound" while standing post near the House of the Commandants.
Former Canadian Army Reserve Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, 26, was first identified as a member of The Base by Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe.
Days after Thorpe's report was published, Mathews went missing and was discharged from the military for his alleged ties to the group. His car was found about 10 miles from the U.S. border soon thereafter, and police found a cache of weapons when they raided his home.
Vice reporters Ben Makuch, Mack Lamoureux, and Zachary Kamel, citing confidential sources, reported on Thursday that Mathews had been illegally smuggled across the border and is being hidden by members of The Base, which has operated in encrypted chatrooms as a largely online organization.
Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said there are no plans to send that many troops to the region "at this time."
Farah's statement does not rule out the possibility that the Defense Department could initially announce a smaller deployment to the region and subsequently announce that more troops are headed downrange.