Marine Shot Dead at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Base spokesman is quick to distance single-shot death from the April 2 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

The entrance to Camp Lejeune, N.C., shown March 19, 2013, was the site of a recent shooting.

The entrance to Camp Lejeune, N.C., shown March 19, 2013, was the site of a recent shooting.

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A Marine was shot dead at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Tuesday evening in yet another incident of gun-related violence on a military installation.
 
Navy investigators early Wednesday were still looking into the death of the young male Marine, who was reportedly shot by a fellow Marine bearing an M4 rifle at the base’s main gate. The alleged shooter was taken into custody early Wednesday. The identity of both Marines has not yet been released, nor any information about the prospective motivations of the shooter. 

This latest act of violence comes less than a week after Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran, killed 3 and injured 16 before turning his weapon on himself at Fort Hood, Texas. That shooting immediately prompted further discussion about the treatment of combat veterans and questions of safety regarding guns on bases.

First responders to Tuesday’s shooting immediately tried to revive the victim, who received a single shot to his chest. But he died at a base hospital, said Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy, according to The Associated Press. 

Fahy says there is a stark difference between this latest incident and the Fort Hood shooting on April 2.

“It is important that we convey that this is not a Foot Hood-like incident. It was an isolated incident that’s no longer active,” he said, according to the AP. “We understand that people are at a heightened sensitivity, given what happened over at Fort Hood.”

[SEE MORE: Fort Hood Shooting Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Wounded]

The alleged shooter remains in the custody of the Naval Criminal Investigative Services. The base’s main gates remained open after the shooting. Other guards were near the reported shooting, but none of them was hurt. 

The base was never on lockdown, and local authorities were quickly able to determine the situation was secure.