Police in Washington, D.C., reported a U.S. Marine has been shot and killed inside of the Marine Barracks in Washington, while he was on duty.
According to authorities, a male Marine was shot early Tuesday morning in an apparent accident. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, but there is little information concerning the incident.
Police haven’t said why the shooting was accidental, but some reports claim that the shot happened during a routine shift change.
Marine Corps spokesman Chief Gunnery Sgt. John said the gunshot was not self-inflicted.
Authorities did not immediately release the man’s name, and the barracks statement explains that his name is withheld pending notification of his family.
Marine Barracks Washington was founded in 1801, and is the oldest active Marine Corps post.
According to its website, “The selection of the site for the Barracks was a matter of personal interest to President Thomas Jefferson, who rode through Washington with Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in search of a suitable location.
“The site now occupied was approved due to its proximity to the Washington Navy Yard and because it was within easy marching distance of the Capitol.
“The Home of the Commandants at the north end of the Barracks was completed in 1806 and is the only original building still standing. It is the oldest public building in continuous use in the nation’s Capitol. The rest of the Barracks was rebuilt between 1900 and 1907.
“The training of new officers and recruits started at the barracks soon after it was established and continued throughout the 19th century.
“Until 1901, it was also the location of Marine Corps Headquarters. Marines from the Barracks participated in the defense of Washington in the War of 1812, and served in the Indian Wars of 1826-37, the war with Mexico, the Civil War and the Spanish American War.
“Most recently, Marines from the Barracks deployed to Southwest Asia and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
“The Barracks has also been home to the United States Marine Band since 1801. Shortly after its formation, the band was requested to play for President John Adams at the Executive Mansion.
“This White House engagement began a tradition which became so established that today the names ‘Marine Band’ and ‘President’s Own’ are synonymous. It was at the Barracks that John Philip Sousa, during the time he was the director of the Marine Band, wrote many of his immortal marches.”
According to reports, another Marine survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the compound in June, and one was fatally shot in the head at the compound in 2013.
“A D.C. police source told FOX 5’s Evan Lambert that the incident was an accident, and that it happened during a shift change when weapons are supposed to be unloaded before being passed to the next shift.”
No suspects have been arrested and according to officials, there is no threat to public.
“The command’s priorities are to take care of the Marine’s family and friends,” said Col. Don Tomichm commanding officer of Marine Barracks, in a statement.
“We want to ensure these personnel are being provided for during this challenging time,” he added.
Many people believe the incident is strange. Marines are typically vigilant with actions involving firearms.
NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Sadly, a Marine Barracks spokesperson tells @fox5dc the man who was shot early this morning has died. They're not identifying him, but no suspects have been arrested and officials say there's no threat to public. pic.twitter.com/Lo7XRz6Sgq
— Anne Cutler (@AnneCutler) January 1, 2019
Regardless of the events surrounding the accident, the fact remains that it is a tragedy.