Camp Lejeune releases name of Marine killed in apparently accidental shooting at NC base gate

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Capt. Joshua Smith, public affairs officer for Marine Corps Installations East, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, comments on the recent shooting Tuesday April 8, 2014 at Camp Lejeune. A Marine posted at the main gate of the North Carolina base shot and killed a colleague inside a guard shack Tuesday, a military spokesman said. (AP Photo/John Althouse/The Daily News)

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Marine killed in an apparently accidental shooting while on duty at a North Carolina base.

Camp Lejeune officials said in a statement late Wednesday that 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf of Crowley, Texas, was killed. Boterf was with 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group and temporarily assigned as a Marine sentry. He joined the Marine Corps in 2012.

A Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday indications point to a "negligent discharge" as the cause of Tuesday's death in a guard shack at the base's main gate.

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

The Pentagon says another Marine who discharged a single shot from an M4 rifle was taken into custody. He hasn't been identified publicly.

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