U.S. Marines lose 2 colleagues in shooting

March 23, 2013 12:42:25 AM PDT
A tragic week for the U.S. Marine Corps as Investigators are now trying to determine a motive In what is being described as a murder-suicide that left three marines dead in Virginia.

The investigation continues Friday into the shootings which happened at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday at a base in Quantico about 40 miles south of Washington.

Military officials say the gunman was a marine who worked at an officer candidate's school.

He shot two of his colleagues there. Col. David Maxwell of Marine Corps Base Quantico said, "Two other victims-- a male and female-- both active duty marines, were pronounced dead at the scene."

Authorities say the gunman then killed himself in a barracks dorm room. All three were staff members at the officer candidate's school.

Officials in Virginia have not released the identities of the dead, pending notification of their families.