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 It was an isolated incident that’s no longer active,” he said, according to the AP.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.”
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.